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China's Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing (1644-1911) (Studies in Christianity in China) Hardcover – April 7, 2011
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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)
Clark extensively draws on sources from numerous archives and gives a deep and thorough analysis of the mission and martyr cases. . . .Clark provides new insights into the Chinese Church unraveling the standard image of the ‘rational’ mission of the seventeenth century, which proved to be not as rational as often thought as the missionaries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries longed to become martyrs for their faith. (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient)
China's Saints is a well-researched history that is a must-read for those looking for an accessible yet scholarly work on the piety and the sacrifices of prior generations on China's soil . . . [The book is] for all who are interested in Christianity in China, Catholic and otherwise, past and present. (Mission Studies)
"Clark'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)
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The book introduces the subject with a chapter entitled "The Food of Beasts" that carefully explains the differences between the Catholic and traditional Chinese understandings of martyrdom and death. It is followed by a chapter giving a brief history of Christianity in China.
The core of the text can be found in the following four chapters that describes the lives and deaths of martyrs from various missions to China: Dominicans in Fujian, Jesuits in Hebei, Franciscans in Hunan and Shanxi, and a final chapter on martyrs from other missions. Out of the thousands of Catholics who have died for the faith in China, this book includes a useful appendix that lists the names of 122 individuals (88 Chinese) whom the Catholic church has gone through the process to beautify and to canonize.
Clark's book is a scholarly, yet well told history of the many who treasured a faith and a God far more than their own mortal lives. Without their lives and deaths, Catholicism in China would be very different today. Without this book, many of their stories would be left untold. This is definitely a great read.
The book was not Used. It's a reject from the bindery because it was bound upside-down. It cannot be sold in good conscience. It's always disorientating to pick the book up to read because it's upside down. How can you allow such a seller to do that on your website??