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Posted July 27, 2006
An Exception to the Rule
As a history student, I found Martin Palmers account of the Xian Christians to be what I like to call, an 'Exeption to the Rule' in Christian history. The execption being that Christianity has hardly been a peacefull, tallerent, or enlightening religion inspite the teachings of its founder. I thouroughly enjoyed the book, althought Palmer does seem a little bias towards Christianity, because it does shed light on the Eastern Christian tradition as opposed to the Western, its concept that it shows what Christianity could be and should be, and the fact that it gives its reader the complete manuscripts of the Jesus Sutras avalable, unlike the other book that has been recently published. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Asian studies, Christian studies, and those who seek a gentler Christianity that helps its followers discover there true 'original' nature or Jesus nature. I also found it reasuring that Palmer is backed by a couple of University Professors and spiritual leaders. It never hurts to have someone put in a good word for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2001
As a both a member of the clergy and a student of early Christianity for over 30 years, I say it is about time someone had the strength to present the truth regarding the early church in China. Martin Palmer does just that. People must not mistake Palmer's book as reprentative of Nestorian Christianity, as one reviewer did. Rather, Martin Palmer is showing how Nestorian Christianity adapted in China, as did Manichaeanism. I have read many scholarly works on the church in China and all were too afraid to be truthful regarding the content of the Nestorian Stone and other documents. This is consistant with Christian Scholarship and its fear of truth. However, I would not blame Christians alone, for I have spoke with Buddhists who also were upset with the contents of the Nestorian Stone. The Jesus Sutras show an evolving Christianity that continued to better explain the mysteries that Jesus originally taught. The only problem I saw was that Martin states in his book that the Taoist Christian Church was the first vegetarian church, however, this is wrong... for the first vegetarian church was that of the Ebionites which, in my opinion, was founded by Jesus, only to be corrupted later by Paul. For more info on this, I suggest people read 'The Lost Religion of Jesus' by my good friend Keith Akers. Rev. M. ShawWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2001
'Nestorian' Church of the East not Taoist
As a historian of the 'Nestorian' Assyrian Church of the East I am troubled by Mr. Palmer's description of this Church as Taoist Christian. The Church of the East was widespread in China, India and Mongolia during the Middle Ages. This Church still exists in Iran and Iraq and there is a large immigrant community of these eastern Christians in Chicago. The beliefs of the Church of the East are not radically different from other churches as Mr. Palmer implies. Three books give a more balanced treatment of the history and teachings of the Church of the East and they also deal accurately with the so-called 'Jesus Sutras'-the writings of the Nestorian church written in Chinese and found in Turfan and Tunhuang in western China. These include 'A History of Christianity in China' by Samuel Hugh Moffett, 'Christianity in Asia before 1500' by Ian Gillman and Hans-Joachim Klimkiet and ''By Foot To China' by John M.L. YoungWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.