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Christian Monks on Chinese Soil: A History of Monastic Missions to China

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814646991
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2016
  • Pages: 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.69 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches


The contribution of monks to the evangelization of lands not yet reached by the preaching of the Gospel has certainly been remarkable. The specific witness that the monastic community gives is of a radical Christian life naturally radiating outward, and thus it is implicitly missionary. The process of inculturation of Christian monasticism in China required a bold spiritual attitude of openness to the future and a willingness to accept the transformation of monastic forms that had been received. In Christian Monks on Chinese Soil, Matteo Nicolini-Zani highlights the willingness of foreign monks to encounter the cultural and spiritual realities of China and the degree of acceptance by the Chinese of the form of monastic life that was presented to them by the missionaries.

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