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Tianzhu shiyi 天主實義
AuthorRicci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610
Pub. LocationXian Xian 獻縣PublisherZhangjiazhuang Shengshitang 張家莊勝世堂
Date1914Phys. Desc.1 v. ; 27 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBV3427.R46 T53 1914
Tianzhu shiyi 天主實義 / Li Madou shu 利瑪竇述.
N.B. Library copy imperfect: cover, colophon, etc. wanting. Rebound with stitched in cover paper. No date. (see OCLC record).

The Tianzhu shiyi of 1603 and its many later editions, reprints, and translations was by far the most influential Catholic catechism in China, and its influence lasted well beyond the 17th century. Like the classics of Confucianism, it is written in the form of a dialogue, in this case between a Chinese and a Western scholar. Based on natural theology, it sought to explain fundamental Christian ideas through argumentation and applied reason. Ricci uses rational arguments to prove the existence of God, preparing the background until the final chapter where he explains the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ and his ascension without including the passion and crucifixion. Quoting the Chinese Classics to demonstrate the ancient Chinese had natural knowledge of God, Ricci’s approach was in accord with the Thomistic view that reason had its own value, and resembled Valignano’s methods in the Catechismus Christianae Fidei (1586).
See RT citation for Tianzhu shiyi.

Catholic Church--China--Catechisms--16th century
Jesuits--China--Ming dynasty, 1368-1644--Contributions in theology
Natural theology--China
Rec. TypeBookLanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #4877