This collection presents the proceedings of an international conference on the significance of the Rites Controversy in Sino-Western history, held in San Francisco in 1992. It contains fifteen articles by contemporary mainstream China scholars from four continents, including some of the most eminent names in Sinology today.
"This volume seeks to cover the full range of current interpretations of the Rites Controversy, and Mungello’s introduction provides a useful guide to them."
Philosophy East & West
"Most of the essays are very well researched and provide much new information on and new insights into a brief but highly significant episode of the protracted Chinese Rites and Term Controversy. Since there is as yet no definitive or comprehensive history, this scholarly work affords a useful introduction to the tragic struggle which agitated the church for several centuries."
in International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Foreword: EDWARD J. MALATESTA, S.J.
D.E. MUNGELLO: An Introduction to the Chinese Rites Controversy
JONATHAN D. SPENCE: Claims and Counter-Claims: The Kangxi-Emperor and the Europeans (1661—1722)
II. Chinese Views of the Rites Controversy
ERIK ZÜRCHER: Jesuit Accomodation and the Chinese Cultural Imperative
LIN JINSHUI: Chinese Literati and the Rites Controversy
JOHN DRAGON YOUNG: Chinese Views of Rites and the Rites Controversy, 18th—20th Centuries
III. The Dominicans and the Figurists
JOHN E. WILLS, JR.: From Manila to Fuan: Asian Contexts of Dominican Mission Policy
KNUT LUNDBAEK: Joseph Prémare and the Name of God in China
IV. The Theological and Political Controversy
CLAUDIA VON COLLANI: Charles Maigrot's Role in the Chinese Rites Controversy
JOHN W. WITEK, S.J.: Eliminating Misunderstandings: Antoine de Beauvollier (1657—1708) and His Eclaircissements sur les controverses de la Chine
EDWARD J. MALATESTA, S.J.: A Fatal Clash of Wills: The Condemnation of the Chinese Rites by the Papal Legate Carlo Tommaso Maillard de Tournon
V. The Past, Present and Future of the Rites Controversy
PAUL RULE: Towards a History of the Chinese Rites Controversy
RICHARD MADSEN: The Catholic Church in China Today: A New Rites Controversy?
MICHAEL J. BUCKLEY, S.J.: The Suppression of the Chinese Rites: A Suggestion of Some Factors
DONALD W. TREADGOLD: The Crossing of Cultural Bridges
WM. THEODORE DE BARY: Reflections on the Chinese Rites Controversy
List of Contributors
Index with Glossary