This book is a study of the writings of a group of Chinese Christian apologists in the seventeenth century, focussing on Xu Guangqi. Eleven of his shorter writings are included in Chinese and in translation.
The first part of the book is devoted to a study of Latin Christian apologists within the Roman Empire to provide a comparison for the analysis of Xu Guangqi's work. Minucius Felix, Tertullian and Lactantius are shown to have faced, in regard to imperial power and Graeco-Roman culture, a situation comparable to that of Xu Guangqi, Li Zhizao and Yang Tinqyun in regard to imperial power and culture in the late Ming period.
The final chapters of the book reconsider general issues of confrontation and adaptation in the inculturation of Christianity.
Xiaochao Wang, Ph.D. (1996) in Religious Studies, University of Leeds, is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Hangzhou, China, and publishes in Chinese on aspects of Christian cultural history.
...an interesting piece of intellectual history.'
Theological Book Review, 1999.
All those interested in the history of Chinese culture, the history of Christianity in Asia, as also missiologists, historians of the Church generally, and anyone concerned with issues of inculturation.