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Short Description for The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785 Telling the story of the introduction of Christianity to a provincial region in China where European missionaries shared the poverty and isolation of their Chinese flocks, this text shows the influence that the missionaries had in Shandong in matters of spirit and flesh.
- Published: 01 April 2001
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780742511644 ISBN 10: 0742511642
- Sales rank: 1,482,978
Full description for The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785
In the spring of 1738, Fr. Bernardino Bevilacqua was hustled out of Shandong to quiet the uproar over his sexual seduction of young Chinese converts. Fr. Alessio Randanini followed him to Macau in 1741. The story of this scandal has remained largely untold for nearly three centuries. Among Christians in Shandong and southern Zhili provinces during the years 1650-1785, the spirit and the flesh lived in constant tension as the aspirations of the spirit (faith, hope, love, devotion, mercy, and piety) contended with the passions of the flesh (hatred, jealousy, lust, and pride). The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong tells the deeply human story of the introduction of Christianity to a provincial region in China where European missionaries shared the poverty and isolation of their Chinese flocks. Their close personal relationships led to intellectual and pastoral collaboration, suppression, an underground church, imprisonment, apostasy and martyrdom as well as peasant secret society affiliations, self-flagellation, and sexual seduction. In the remote villages of this region, the missionaries and their converts lived out their pious aspirations and eternal damnations under a darkening sky of growing anti-Christian policies from the capital.