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Christianity in Asia
Asian historical Contexts: Silk Road
Nestorian Christianity Medieval China
-This is our eternal true lord God, triune and mysterious in substancce. He appointed
the cross as the means for determining the four cardinal points, he moved the original
spirit, and produced the two principals of nature; the somber void was chaned, and
heaven and earth were opened out.
-erected 781 c.e.
Matteo Ricci (1552-1610)
-Jesuit missionary to China
-The True meaning of the doctrine of the Master of Heaven
-The question of translation
Hong Xiuquan & the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (1851-1864)
-Throughout the empire all officials must every sabbath, according to rank and position,
reverently present sacrificial animals and offerings. sacrifice and worship and praise the
Heavenly Father, the Supreme Lord and Great God. They must also expound the Holy
books; should any dare to neglect this duty, they shall be reduced to husbandmen. Re-
Missionaries: Anna Henry, graduate of Trinity Medical School, 1896
-“As they go through the terrible throes of the unbearable craving for the cursed opium,
they cling o you so, beseeching help, while their abject, pain-distorted features, attitudes
and motions remind of of Dante’s Inferno”
-Life form the Dead, ca. 1901
Dividing up the territory