Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by Frogman, Oct 6, 2003.
Have you ever read the diary of Matteo Ricci?
Nobody has read this? That is ok. I probably wouldn't have except it was required for a Chinese history course. Maybe I should have made the topic:
What is the Rites Controversy? Would that have drawn a crowd?
You guys must all be Franciscans
Did you have to read the whole thing, or just excerpts?
[ October 09, 2003, 07:43 PM: Message edited by: rsr ]
Yeah, I read it. I just have a hard time keeping all those names straight. I just wonder if anyone knows why the rites controversy occurred. I am not Catholic and I thought I may have misunderstood this controversy, thought I would ask and maybe get an explanation.
If I summarized it, I would say it is a clear picture of the beginning of idolotry in the Catholic church. But I don't want to generalize it. So I asked the question.
[ October 09, 2003, 07:51 PM: Message edited by: Frogman ]
I don't think that's the lesson; the Holy See eventually (1742) disavowed Ricci's view that Confucian rites to honor ancestors were not really religious in nature and thus were allowable for Chinese Christians.
I know what you mean about the names, but I have the same problem with the great Russian writers.
My case is doubly confounding because all my Chinese history and literature books use the old Wade-Giles transliteration system, while Pinyin is the preferred method now. I stumble into Sima Qian and it takes a moment to realize that he's Ssuma Ch'ien.
Thanks rsr. That is why I asked the question.