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Conference Paper: Building a Temple Inside the Mind: Christian-Confucian Spiritual Life in Late Ming Fujian

TitleBuilding a Temple Inside the Mind: Christian-Confucian Spiritual Life in Late Ming Fujian
Authors
Issue Date2019
Citation
International Workshop & Symposium on Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2-5 October 2019 How to Cite?
AbstractWith a focus on the unique work Kouduo richao 口鐸日抄 (Diary of Oral Admonitions, 1630-1640), this paper aims to unravel the formation of a hybrid Christian-Confucian spiritual life in late Ming Fujian. The Jesuit missionaries, especially Giulio Aleni (1582-1649), and Fujian literati-converts engaged in dialogic learning similar to the master-disciple model of knowledge transmission among Song-Ming Neo-Confucians. They discussed on how to eradicate mortal sins, how to overcome temptations, and how to preserve and nourish the mind through self-examinations. On the one hand, Aleni taught his convert disciples many Catholic exempla that meanwhile embodied fundamental Confucian virtues. On the other hand, the literati-converts tended to reinterpret the doctrines of Confucian and Jesuit masters when “building a temple inside the mind.” Their devoted search for a contemplative life led to an interiorized identity-construction that blended Christian spirituality and Confucian morality towards the end of the Ming regime.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/293970

 

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dc.contributor.authorSong, G-
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-23T08:24:28Z-
dc.date.available2020-11-23T08:24:28Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Workshop & Symposium on Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2-5 October 2019-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/293970-
dc.description.abstractWith a focus on the unique work Kouduo richao 口鐸日抄 (Diary of Oral Admonitions, 1630-1640), this paper aims to unravel the formation of a hybrid Christian-Confucian spiritual life in late Ming Fujian. The Jesuit missionaries, especially Giulio Aleni (1582-1649), and Fujian literati-converts engaged in dialogic learning similar to the master-disciple model of knowledge transmission among Song-Ming Neo-Confucians. They discussed on how to eradicate mortal sins, how to overcome temptations, and how to preserve and nourish the mind through self-examinations. On the one hand, Aleni taught his convert disciples many Catholic exempla that meanwhile embodied fundamental Confucian virtues. On the other hand, the literati-converts tended to reinterpret the doctrines of Confucian and Jesuit masters when “building a temple inside the mind.” Their devoted search for a contemplative life led to an interiorized identity-construction that blended Christian spirituality and Confucian morality towards the end of the Ming regime.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Workshop & Symposium on Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia-
dc.titleBuilding a Temple Inside the Mind: Christian-Confucian Spiritual Life in Late Ming Fujian-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailSong, G: songg@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authoritySong, G=rp01151-
dc.identifier.hkuros320165-

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