Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion
Lazich, Michael C., International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion. By Eric Reinders. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif. Press, 2004. Pp. x, 282. $49.95.
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies provides an insightful and sophisticated analysis of missionary perceptions of Chinese society and religion from the beginning of the Protestant missionary enterprise in 1807 until the early twentieth century. Drawing skillfully upon a wide variety of archival sources, Eric Reinders, associate professor of religion at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, offers a multidisciplinary overview of how Western conceptions of the Chinese "other" were shaped by the Victorian sensibilities and religious predispositions of the Protestant missionary community. The primary focus of Reinders's investigation is the manner in which these conceptions-or, more often, misconceptions-were reflected in and disseminated through contemporary missionary publications and correspondence.
The early Protestant missionaries to China found many aspects of native culture profoundly abhorrent or simply inscrutable. The inherent difficulty of surmounting the formidable cultural barriers between China and the West, such as the "Great Wall of Language" (p. …
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Publication information: Article title: Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion. Contributors: Lazich, Michael C. - Author. Magazine title: International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Volume: 29. Issue: 4 Publication date: October 2005. Page number: 210. © 1998 Overseas Ministries Study Center. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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