From Christ to Confucius: German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950

From Christ to Confucius: German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950

by Albert Monshan Wu

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A bold and original study of German missionaries in China, who catalyzed a revolution in thinking among European Christians about the nature of Christianity itself

In this accessibly written and empirically based study, Albert Wu documents how German missionaries—chastened by their failure to convert Chinese people to Christianity—reconsidered their attitudes toward Chinese culture and Confucianism. In time, their increased openness catalyzed a revolution in thinking among European Christians about the nature of Christianity itself. At a moment when Europe’s Christian population is falling behind those of South America and Africa, Wu’s provocative analysis sheds light on the roots of Christianity’s global shift.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300217070
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Albert Monshan Wu is assistant professor of history at the American University of Paris. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Review of Books and Commonweal.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations viii

Introduction: Perceptions of Failure 1

1 The Missionary Impulse 18

2 Responding to Failure 41

3 Missionary Optimism 72

4 A Fractured Landscape 106

5 Order Out of Chaos 137

6 Falling in Love with Confucius 161

7 Unfulfilled Promises 190

8 Fruits of the Spirit 220

Conclusion: Failure and Success 247

Notes 263

Glossary 293

Bibliography 295

Acknowledgments 323

Index 327

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