The Living Age Volume 229

The Living Age Volume 229

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...of discipline whereby our Church, for the last two thousand years, has dominated the souls of men. won such victories over the flesh and withstood so many assaults, inspires the more intelligent among the Japanese with a desire to borrow something of it pomp, its majesty, its rules and processions, if only to strengthen the declining authority of their own religious sects. But while this idea does honor to the French misslonaries, whom they often set up as an example to their bonzes, it is none the less a strange chimera to dream of "Catholicizing" Buddhism, which is essentially anarchic. Protetantism had, at one time, greater confidence in its chances of success. Not that it could show a record of greater toleration. In January, 1843, a huge meeting of ciergymen was held in London during the opium-war;--the most abominable ever declared in the interests of civilized barbarism. Thanks were offered to Almighty God that England had been permitted to prepare a. way for the entrance into the Chinese Empire of gospel t1'uth by routes which had been cleared for the trafllc in poison. The American, Richard Hildreth, who cites this fact, adds that neither the letters of Jesuit missionaries nor the chronicles of their achievements furnish anything to be compared with this instance of Protestant zeal! But English or Americans, these ciergymen came to the Japanese as the heralds of a new, optimistic and practical faith; accommodating itself to the changes going on in the modern world, individualistic, and of such a nature that it may readily be adapted to the manners and moulded to the fancy of any people. Their Anglo-Saxon assurance and their scientific apparatus were powerful adjuncts to their initial success. Many of these pastors...
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  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 844g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920325
  • 9781236920324