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Knocking on China’s Door: The First Protestant Mission

China’s “closed-door” policy, upended by the Opium Wars of 1839–1842 and 1856–1860, safeguarded the Middle Kingdom from unwanted advances by the West. A deep-seated suspicion of foreign infiltration—cultural, political, and economic—was augmented by the arrogance of China’s ruling class, who insisted on China’s superiority in the world arena. Western aggression of the 1800s forced China to open up trade with other nations and led to the eventual demise of the Qing dynasty. When...

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The Early Modern Jesuit Mission to China: A Marriage of Faith and Culture

[caption id="attachment_12974" align="alignright" width="334"] Stained glass window of Saint Francis Xavier baptizing a Chinese man in the Béthanie building in Hong Kong. Source: Wikimedia Commons at https://tinyurl.com/somqkkz.[/caption] Comparative world and global history topics can add both vibrancy and genuine intellectual depth to secondary school and undergraduate courses. The story of how priests who embraced the concept of contemplatives in action encountered highly educated Chinese...