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Starting with the religious background of China, Latourette probes why Christianity appealed to the Chinese and then launches into a detailed history of its development. He considers how Christianity began before and coped under the Mongol Dynasty and then the incursion of the Roman Catholic Missions. Briefly considering the Russian Orthodox interest in Chinese missions, he moves on to what is clearly his main concern in the Protestant influx in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considering the main events of China’s history in relation to the European powers of the day, he considers how Christianity fared into the early nineteenth century.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-786-5
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Publication Date: May 5,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 946
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-786-5
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The massive A History of Christian Missions in China remains a substantial piece of work despite the years since it was written. Starting with the religious background of China, Latourette probes why Christianity appealed to the Chinese and then launches into a detailed history of its development. He considers how Christianity began before and coped under the Mongol Dynasty and then the incursion of the Roman Catholic Missions. Looking at the Rites Controversy and the slowing down of the growth of Christianity in the country, he assesses the effectiveness of the Catholic effort. Briefly considering the Russian Orthodox interest in Chinese missions, he moves on to what is clearly his main concern in the Protestant influx in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considering the main events of China’s history in relation to the European powers of the day, he considers how Christianity fared. Beginning in the late 1850s, Latourette traces the work of continuing Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Russian Orthodox efforts at missionary work through the period of Chinese reorganization. Essential reading for those interested in how Christianity took root and grew in China, this study has continued to retain its value as an extraordinary piece of history.

Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968) was a missionary to China and a Baptist minister. He taught at Reed College, Denison University, and finally at Yale. At Yale he was Professor of Missions and Oriental History before becoming the chair of the Department of Religion in the Graduate School. He was the author of several books.

The massive A History of Christian Missions in China remains a substantial piece of work despite the years since it was written. Starting with the religious background of China, Latourette probes why Christianity appealed to the Chinese and then launches into a detailed history of its development. He considers how Christianity began before and coped under the Mongol Dynasty and then the incursion of the Roman Catholic Missions. Looking at the Rites Controversy and the slowing down of the growth of Christianity in the country, he assesses the effectiveness of the Catholic effort. Briefly considering the Russian Orthodox interest in Chinese missions, he moves on to what is clearly his main concern in the Protestant influx in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considering the main events of China’s history in relation to the European powers of the day, he considers how Christianity fared. Beginning in the late 1850s, Latourette traces the work of continuing Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Russian Orthodox efforts at missionary work through the period of Chinese reorganization. Essential reading for those interested in how Christianity took root and grew in China, this study has continued to retain its value as an extraordinary piece of history.

Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968) was a missionary to China and a Baptist minister. He taught at Reed College, Denison University, and finally at Yale. At Yale he was Professor of Missions and Oriental History before becoming the chair of the Department of Religion in the Graduate School. He was the author of several books.

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  • PREFACE (page 9)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 13)
  • A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS IN CHINA (page 17)
  • CHAPTER II: THE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND OF THE CHINESE (page 22)
  • CHAPTER III: THE OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRISTIANITY AND THE BEARING OF THESE UPON THE POSSIBLE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA (page 41)
  • CHAPTER IV: CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA BEFORE THE MONGOL DYNASTY (page 62)
  • CHAPTER V: CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA UNDER THE MONGOLS: THE MONGOL CONQUEST (page 77)
  • CHAPTER VI: THE AGE OF EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES AND THE RESUMPTION OF ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS (page 94)
  • CHAPTER VII: THE PROGRESS ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS FROM THE DEATH OF RICCI TO THE REVERSES CAUSED BY THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE RITES (1610-1706) (page 118)
  • CHAPTER VIII: THE BEGINNING OF RETARDED GROWTH: THE RITES CONTROVERSY (page 147)
  • CHAPTER IX: THE PERIOD OF RETARDED GROWTH: ITS BEGINNING (1707) TO ITS END (ABOUT 1839) (page 172)
  • CHAPTER X: METHODS AND RESULTS OF ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS IN THE SIXTEENTH, SEVENTEENTH, AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES (page 201)
  • CHAPTER XI: THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHINA IN THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES (page 215)
  • CHAPTER XII: THE RENEWED EXPANSION OF EUROPE: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, THE REVIVAL OF CATHOLIC MISSIONS, AND THE RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY AWAKENING AMONG PROTESTANTS (page 217)
  • CHAPTER XIII: THE BEGINNINGS OF PROTESTANT MISSIONS TO CHINA (1807-1839) (page 225)
  • CHAPTER XIV: THE FIRST WAR BETWEEN CHINA AND GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS AFTERMATH (1839-1855) (page 244)
  • CHAPTER XV: THE WAR WITH GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE AND THE SECOND GROUP OF THEATIES (1856-1860) (page 287)
  • CHAPTER XVI: THE T' AI P' ING REBELLION (page 298)
  • CHAPTER XVII: THE GRADUAL PENETRATION OF CHINA BY MISSIONARIES (1856-1897) (page 319)
  • CHAPTER XVIII: THE GRADUAL PENETRATION OF CHINA BY MISSIONARIES, 1856 TO 1897 - PROTESTANT MISSIONS (page 373)
  • CHAPTER XIX: THE GRADUAL PENETRATION OF CHINA BY MISSIONARIES, 1856-1897 (page 432)
  • CHAPTER XX: THE GRADUAL PENETRATION OF CHINA BY MISSIONARIES, 1856-1897-RESULTS OF PROTESTANT MISSIONS (page 482)
  • CHAPTER XXI: RUSSIAN MISSIONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (page 502)
  • CHAPTER XXII: REFORM AND REACTION (1898-1900) (page 504)
  • CHAPTER XXIII: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) (page 543)
  • CHAPTER XXIV: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926): ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS, 1901-JULY, 1914 THE MISSION OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 1901-JULY, 1914 (page 552)
  • CHAPTER XXV: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) PROTESTANT MISSIONS, 1901-JULY, 1914 (page 583)
  • CHAPTER XXVI: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926): PROTESTANT MISSIONS, 1901-JULY, 1914 (page 633)
  • CHAPTER XXVII: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) CHANGES IN THE OCCIDENT AND IN CHINA, 1914-1926 (page 702)
  • CHAPTER XXVIII: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS, 1914-1926 RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MISSIONS, 1914-1926 (page 721)
  • CHAPTER XXIX: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) PROTESTANT MISSIONS DURING THE WAR, 1914-1918 (page 759)
  • CHAPTER XXX: CHINA IN A TIME OF REORGANIZATION (1901-1926) PROTESTANT MISSIONS FROM THE CLOSE OF THE WAR TO THE CLOSE OF 1926 (page 781)
  • CHAPTER XXXI: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION (page 839)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 861)
  • INDEX (page 917)
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