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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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How the Heathen See the Light

How the Heathen See the Light

(p.132) Chapter 9 How the Heathen See the Light
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter discusses John MacGowan's story of a Chinese Christian called Goon to show how missionaries imagined the possible redemption of the damned in China. It describes the inner workings of Goon's theology and his personal transformation. It suggests that MacGowan's story of Goon alluded to many of the active concerns and problems of missionary culture, which included doubts about the sincerity of converts and doubts about the spiritual and cultural depth of native Christianity.

Keywords:   Goon, Chinese Christian, John MacGowan, redemption, missionaries, missionary culture, converts, native Christianity

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