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Assessing Jesuit Intellectual Apostolate in Modern Shanghai (1847–1949)

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History Department, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433,China
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Department of Foreign Studies, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306, China
Academic Editor: Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi
Religions 2021, 12(3), 159; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030159
Received: 28 January 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published: 28 February 2021
The various endeavors led by Jesuits under the auspices to the Plan Scientifique du Kiang-Nan (Scientific Plan for the Jiangnan region) constituted a defining moment in the history of their mission in modern China. The Jesuits aimed to found a scientific capital that would also constitute the base of their East Asian mission, a project that led to a far-reaching engagement in education and sciences. The multiple projects they undertook were located within the framework of Western knowledge. The traditional Jesuit strategy adapted itself to a new context by encouraging a constructive and fruitful interaction between religion and science. Jesuit intellectual apostolate included not only research but also the dissemination of technologies and knowledge central to the rise of modernity in China. The entry into this country of well-educated, deeply zealous Jesuit missionaries along with their observations on the social and political changes taking place decisively contributed to the modernization of Shanghai and to the emergence of multi-perspective narratives about the destiny of the city. Assessing the Jiangnan-based Jesuits’ continuous efforts as well as the challenges and contradictions they met with help us to integrate the seemingly conflicting ethos of Christian mission and scientific quest into a reframed perspective of global history. View Full-Text
Keywords: intellectual apostolate; French Jesuits; Zi-ka-wei; Plan Scientifique du Kiang-Nan intellectual apostolate; French Jesuits; Zi-ka-wei; Plan Scientifique du Kiang-Nan
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