Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Student Handout for Class Simulation Catholic Counter-Reformation: The Jesuits in China

Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Student Handout for Class Simulation Catholic Counter-Reformation: The Jesuits in China

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Jesuit Missionaries and the Qing Emperor Kangxi: A SIMULATION

Using the documents from Matteo Ricci and the Qing history of the Ming period, we will simulate a hearing from 1715. The Qing emperor Kangxi is trying to decide whether or not to expel the Jesuit missionaries who have been staying in Beijing for over a century. Despite their usefulness as providers of technological, mathematical, and astronomical information, the Jesuits have that pesky habit of trying to convert good Chinese people(followers of Confucianism, Taoism, and/or Buddhism) to Roman Catholicism. Kangxi has gotten very annoyed at all of their proselytizing, but he has agreed to hear out some representatives from the Jesuit mission one last time.

Team A: 3-4 students will serve as the emperor and his closest advisors, who will serve as interrogators

Team B: 6-10 students will be the Jesuits, who want to be allowed to stay in Beijing, work with the emperor's advisors, and continue to preach the word of God to the Chinese people.

Team C: 6-10 students will be Chinese Confucian scholars and philosophers who are mostly opposed to the

presence of the Jesuits. While the team may decide to allow some dissention among its ranks, for the most part they should be arguing for their expulsion from China altogether. …

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