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China's Saints


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1 List of Illustrations 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Food of Beasts: Martyrdom and Death in Perspective Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Catholic Christianity in China: Nestorian Inroads, FranciscanSuccesses, Jesuit Accommodations, and the Modern Chaos Chapter 6 Chapter 3: The Dominican Martyrs of Fujian Chapter 7 Chapter 4: The Jesuit Martyrs of Hebei Chapter 8 Chapter 5: The Franciscan Martyrs of Hunan and Shanxi Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Other Martyrs from Other Missions Chapter 10 Conclusion: Conflict to Accommodation: Resettling in the Aftermath Chapter 11 Appendix: Beatification and Canonization Dates of China's Saints Chapter 12 Notes Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index

About the Author

Anthony E. Clark is associate professor of Chinese history at Whitworth University.


"Clarke's work is important research, in that hither to little know or largely forgotten histories have now been gathered together for the perusal, and benefit, of all. The work will be of interest to teachers and students of religious studies, Asian and Chinese history and cultural studies, amount others."-The Chinese Historical Review -- Fr. Jeremy Clarke S.J., The Chinese Historical Review
Based on thorough archival studies, and a profound knowledge of Chinese culture, this book not only contributes substantially to the comparative study of Christian martyrdom but also to the understanding of enculturation. * Theological Studies *
Still, this English-language portrayal of some of China's Catholic saints, the discussion of martyrdom in the Chinese context and the processes involved in preparing martyrs for beatification and canonization will appeal to the general reader. That this book targets a wider readership is indicated by the author's decision to Anglicize the given names of continental European missionaries as well as by his use of the colloquial term "nuns" instead of the canonically more accurate term "sisters" for the martyred Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. * Religious Studies *
China's Saints is an original and insightful study that examines the transmission and appropriation of martyrologies within the Catholic Church....Using martyrdom as an analytical tool, Clark reinterprets the indigenization of Catholicism, the frequent outbreaks of church-state conflicts, and the Catholics' responses to state persecution. His findings throw light on the production and reception of the martyrologies, and the transformation of Christianity from a heavily persecuted religion into a fast-growing spiritual movement today.... When reading China's Saints, it is hard not to sympathize with these courageous individuals. Its engaging style and readability should appeal to everyone. * The Catholic Historical Review *

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