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Adapting Catholicism to Confucianism : Matteo Ricci's Tianzhu Shiyi
AuthorLiu Yu 劉豫
Pub. LocationCambridge, MAPublisherMIT Press
Date2014Phys. Desc.dig. pdf [18 p., pp. 43-59]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBT100.R5 L59 2014
Adapting Catholicism to Confucianism: Matteo Ricci’s Tianzhu Shiyi / Yu Liu.
Extract: The European Legacy, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1, 43–59.
DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2013.860718.
Includes bibliographical notes (p.56-59.

ABSTRACT: Tianzhu Shiyi (The True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven) is the single most important proselytizing work of Matteo Ricci (1552–1610), the legendary founder of the early modern Jesuit China mission. Controversial since the early seventeenth century, it has been both praised and condemned for Ricci’s claim of a monotheistic affinity between Catholicism and Confucianism. Ricci’s gesture of friendship to Confucianism won him many Chinese friends and posthumously made him famous or notorious in Europe, but as this essay contends, it was never more than a tactical cover for him during his lifetime. Since the real purpose of his cultural adaptation was his unobtrusive engagement with the ancient Chinese philosophical idea of tianren heyi (humanity’s unity with heaven), what is ultimately so instructive about Tianzhu Shiyi is the light cast on Ricci’s intricate relationship with his Chinese friends and on the ironic twists and turns of his complex legacy.

Link to Gleeson Library record: The European legacy, toward new paradigms : journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas / sponsored by the European Cultural Foundation.

Subject(s)Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610. Tianzhu shiyi 天主實義
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610--Views on Confucianism
Christianity and other religions--Confucianism
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19386