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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies
In: Jesuit Survival and Restoration
In: Jesuit Survival and Restoration
Author: Paul A. Rule

Abstract

Missionary activity presents unique problems for theories of alterity. By definition the missionary is attempting not only to introduce something new to the “other” society but to present it in a way that makes the new acceptable. Early modern missionaries in China are a useful test-case for examining how cross-cultural exchange occurs. It cannot be simply a matter of misunderstanding or deception and, certainly not, of material advantage. Conversion implies change but change may be development as well as rejection. Western humanism and theological developments provided a conceptual armory well exploited by the Jesuit missionaries and appreciated by the “Confucian Christians”.

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In: Through Your Eyes: Religious Alterity and the Early Modern Western Imagination
In: The Acta Pekinensia or Historical Records of the Maillard de Tournon Legation
In: The Acta Pekinensia or Historical Records of the Maillard de Tournon Legation
In: The Acta Pekinensia or Historical Records of the Maillard de Tournon Legation