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The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785 / Edition 1
     

The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785 / Edition 1

by D. E. Mungello
 

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ISBN-10: 0742511642

ISBN-13: 9780742511644

Pub. Date: 03/21/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In the spring of 1738, Fr. Bernardino Bevilacqua was hustled out of Shandong to quiet the uproar over his sexual seduction of young Chinese converts. Fr. Alessio Randanini followed him to Macau in 1741. The story of this scandal has remained largely untold for nearly three centuries. Among Christians in Shandong and southern Zhili provinces during the years

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In the spring of 1738, Fr. Bernardino Bevilacqua was hustled out of Shandong to quiet the uproar over his sexual seduction of young Chinese converts. Fr. Alessio Randanini followed him to Macau in 1741. The story of this scandal has remained largely untold for nearly three centuries. Among Christians in Shandong and southern Zhili provinces during the years 1650-1785, the spirit and the flesh lived in constant tension as the aspirations of the spirit (faith, hope, love, devotion, mercy, and piety) contended with the passions of the flesh (hatred, jealousy, lust, and pride). The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong tells the deeply human story of the introduction of Christianity to a provincial region in China where European missionaries shared the poverty and isolation of their Chinese flocks. Their close personal relationships led to intellectual and pastoral collaboration, suppression, an underground church, imprisonment, apostasy and martyrdom as well as peasant secret society affiliations, self-flagellation, and sexual seduction. In the remote villages of this region, the missionaries and their converts lived out their pious aspirations and eternal damnations under a darkening sky of growing anti-Christian policies from the capital.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742511644
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/21/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Prelude: Wondrous Signs Chapter 4 The Trials and Endeavors of Father Antonio Chapter 5 The Attempt to Blend Confucianism and Christianity Chapter 6 The Return to Shandong after the Anti-Christian Persecution of 1664-1669 Chapter 7 To Kiss the Image of the Crucified Jesus and to Feel the Whip Upon One's Flesh Chapter 8 Christianity and Chinese Heterodox Sects, 1701-34 Chapter 9 Shepards, Wolves, and Martyrs in the Underground Church Chapter 10 Postlude: Requiscat in pace Chapter 11 Chinese-Character Glossary

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