In one common story, Yu had only been married four days when he was given the task of fighting the flood. The dredging and irrigation were successful, and allowed ancient Chinese culture to flourish along the Yellow RiverWei Riverand other waterways of the Chinese heartland. A History of Christian Missions in China.
The timely discovery of the Nestorian monument in enabled the Jesuits to strengthen their position with the court by answering an objection the Chinese often expressed — that Christianity was a new religion.
After he and Ferdinand Verbiest won the tests against Chinese and Islamic calendar scholars, the court adapted the western calendar only.
The Jesuits tried to be accommodating to Chinese culture. His family urged him to return home, but he said it was impossible as the flood was still going on. Again, the Jesuits appealed this decision. It gives the reader a firsthand impression of Chinese primary sources in this field.
But the most important contacts took place between European missionaries who settled in China and the local Christian communities they interacted with. Archaeological evidence of a large outburst flood on the Yellow River has been dated to about BCE.
The other criticism for this first half is that in his look at why the Chinese rejected the west, or more precisely Christianity he cites two different theories by 20th century European sinologists and does not refer to any Chinese sources.
Understandably, the emperor was confused as to why missionaries were attacking missionaries in his capital and asking him to choose one side over the other, when he might very well have simply ordered the expulsion of all of them.
The Great Encounter of China and the West, — The missionaries wanted converts to put away their concubines, which meant putting a woman out of the home she may have lived in for years, which didn't strike the Chinese as consistent with the Christians' message of love.
Wills, and John W. A History of Christianity in Asia. They also learned to appreciate the scientific achievements of this ancient culture and made them known in Europe. People thought the Chinese language might contain a key to the universal proto-language.
Great Flood China During the reign of king Yaothe Chinese heartland was frequently plagued by floods that prevented further economic and social development. But the economic, political, and military might of Europe was on the increase, and that of China was on the wane.
A History of Christian Missions in China. To consult primary sources one needs to master Classical Chinese and by preference several languages among Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and Spanish. The third time Yu was passing by, his son was older than ten years old.
In particular, Mount Longmen along the Yellow River had a very narrow channel which blocked water from flowing freely east toward the ocean. Telling China about Europe[ edit ] The Jesuits introduced to China Western science and mathematics which was undergoing its own revolution.
The steam engine manufactured by Ferdinand Verbiest at the Qing Court in Rowman and Littlefield, These stories are fascinating, and sometimes tragic, as converts found themselves suspended between two worlds that they didn't fully belong to.
The Great Encounter of China and the West When the Chinese and Europeans first came into contact with each other, there was a mutual fascination for the other's culture, or way of life. The Chinese began to look at the European culture.
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Yu the Great (c. – BC) was a legendary ruler in ancient China famed for his introduction of flood control, inaugurating dynastic rule in China by establishing the Xia Dynasty, and for his upright moral character. The dates proposed for Yu's reign predate the oldest known written records in China, the oracle bones of the late Shang dynasty, by nearly a millennium.
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