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Borrowed Gods and Foreign BodiesChristian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion$
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Eric Reinders

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241718

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241718.001.0001

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The Idolatrous Body

The Idolatrous Body

(p.100) Chapter 7 The Idolatrous Body
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter outlines the homology of Catholic and Chinese heathen obeisance and shows how the history of debate on Chinese obeisance was reinvoked in the simultaneous condemnation of both Catholic and Chinese idolatry. It explains that Protestant polemics against Roman confession reveal distinctive attitudes toward ritual, obeisance, and the body and that Western missionaries consistently applied anti-Catholic categories to Chinese religion. It suggests that the contrast between Protestant and Chinese beliefs influenced not only representations of China but also the lived experienced of missionaries and converts.

Keywords:   idolatry, Chinese obeisance, Protestant polemics, Roman confession, missionaries, converts

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