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Religions 2016, 7(3), 32; doi:10.3390/rel7030032

The Images of Jesus in the Emergence of Christian Spirituality in Ming and Qing China

Department of Chinese Language and Literature, East China Normal University, 500 Dongchuan Rd., Shanghai 200241, China
Academic Editor: Mark G. Toulouse
Received: 10 January 2016 / Revised: 11 March 2016 / Accepted: 15 March 2016 / Published: 18 March 2016
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Images of Jesus Christ played an important role in the emergence of Christian spirituality in Ming and Qing China. Of the great many images that we know from this period, this paper introduces five of them: Jesus as infant, criminal, gate, brother, and pig. The paper unfolds the historical, anthropological, and theological layers of these images to reveal the original tension between Christian spirituality and Chinese culture. The central thesis of the paper therefore is that this tension is reflected in the images of Jesus Christ and, moreover, that analyzing this tension allows us to achieve a more profound understanding of the emergence of Christian spirituality in Ming, Qing, and perhaps even today’s China. View Full-Text
Keywords: Image of Jesus Christ; Christian spirituality; missionary practice; local knowledge; Chinese cultural memory Image of Jesus Christ; Christian spirituality; missionary practice; local knowledge; Chinese cultural memory
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