|Tongshan shuo 同善說. [Jap-Sin I, 127]|
|Date||n.d.||Phys. Desc.||1 juan. (v.8 no. 36, p.89-98)|
|Location||Hallway Cases||Call Number||BX1665.A2 Y47 2002, v. 8|
|JapSin I, 127|
Tongshan shuo 同善說.
By an anonymous author.
One juan. Chinese bamboo paper in one volume. No date or place of publication.
The cover bears the title and a Latin inscription: “Communis boni explicatio. Sine nomine auctoris.”This booklet consists of four folios. There are nine columns in each half folio with twenty-four characters in each column. The upper middle of each folio bears the title of the book with the number of the folio marked below.
The general idea of the booklet is: God is the creator of the universe; he created men in this world and expects them to do good so that in the end they may gain everlasting happiness in Heaven. The style is simple, a mixture of mandarin and classical Chinese. There is no doubt that it was written for the general public.
According to Courant 7079, the author of this booklet was a Chinese, but the source of this information is not indicated: “De bono communi per aliquem sinam.” As the author states that “with the grace of God we were able to learn the true religion and we gained much profit from having meditated on it” (folio 2v), it is likely that the writing came from the pen of a Chinese convert.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 172-173.
Full bibliographic citation, see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).