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Chloë Starr

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204216

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204216.001.0001

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From Missionary Writings to Chinese Christian Texts: An Introduction

From Missionary Writings to Chinese Christian Texts: An Introduction

(p.15) 1 From Missionary Writings to Chinese Christian Texts: An Introduction
Chinese Theology

Chloë Starr

Yale University Press

Chapter One presents three texts from the late sixteenth and early to mid seventeenth centuries to show the evolution from a Chinese language to a Chinese-authored theology. The theology of the early encounters of Chinese with Christianity was naturally strongly influenced by missionaries’ own backgrounds and theological training, tempered over time by their improved grasp of Chinese language and understanding of what was most helpful or acceptable to their audience. As missionaries’ appreciation of Chinese literary texts developed, and as Chinese Christians began writing their own philosophical essays or evangelistic tracts, the form and scope of the dialogue evolved. The three texts discussed in Chapter One (catechisms by Michele Ruggieri and Matteo Ricci and a record of conversations between missionaries and Li Jiubiao and other late Ming scholars) trace the development from missionary to Chinese theology.

Keywords:   Ming Christianity, contextualization, Kouduo Richao, catechisms, Matteo Ricci, Ruggieri

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