Sometimes just a little Christianity can do more harm than good if the recipient is mentally unstable, and I think it is fair to judge Hong Xiuquan to have been in just that sort of condition, with a mixture of self-serving and corruption thrown in for good measure. You would think it couldn't survive such blatant injustices, and yet people continued to devotedly follow the movement. Showed first 250 characters During this, there were four other kings, a north, south, east and west king. Spence pays close attention to the evolution of Taiping teaching, relating interesting details such as Hong's bowdlerization of the Bible and encounters between the Taiping and Western Christians. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Please give between 2-5 week for delivery.
At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion 1845-64 stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. This book has many years of enjoyment left in the pages. Hong does battle in Heaven, armed by his father with sword and seal, aided by his elder brother, Jesus. What if members received conflicting messages? His vision was certainly no less radical or different than Mormonism. That and the style of writing make the story seem to drag. I have mixed feelings about this book.
Athena, for example, belongs in Athens. The book is packed with facts big and small. It was a slow and heavy read for me but entirely worthwhile. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Despite some spectacular battlefield success, the Qing keep coming back and even go so far as to allow Western forces to train, arm and at times lead their forces in battle. I really did enjoy this book about the Taiping Rebellion in China.
His Son - In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to. Schneller Versand, erlauben sie bitte 8 bis 18 Tage fuer Lieferung. Also, I really would have loved the notes to include the Chinese characters for the various terms and designations that are given in transliteration or translation. But it also is a heavy subject. It movement originated with a guy who had a nervous breakdown after failing his regional level examinations for the second time in a row. And Spence's book is the first in English to make extensive use of these sources.
Conference paper Toward a Reasonable World: The Heritage of Western Humanism, Skepticism, and Freethought. Doing so allows Spence to create an original account and focuses on what some may call microhistories- disputes between man and man, such as in the case of Lord Elgin's slight, but these are explanations for small incidents that end up shaping the foreign policy and outlook of the Kingdom. Corners and edges are in very good condition, back right corner is bent has crease, and minimal evidence of previous library sticker. Blind Stamped Chinese Lettering On The Front. Light soiling and shelfwear to covers.
The Investiture of the Gods or The Creation of the Gods, also known by its Chinese names Fengshen Yanyi and Fengshen Bang, is a 16th-century Chinese …. One of the most popular deity groupings in …. Spence concentrates on the Chinese interpretations of various parts of the Bible that the Taipings then held sacred, trying to show what beliefs motivated the movement. Admittedly its my own preconceived Western thought of portrayed Christianity that is getting in the way. The book tells us of how he received a Gospel tract, his confusion and eventual attempt to propagate his version of Christianity after experiencing a strange dream and short duration with a Western missionary. Open Access Theses and Dissertations.
This is no doubt the ignorance against which Hong will rant in furture chapters. The author is also to be commended for doing a good job reconstructing the theology of Hong and the Taiping whose early days were driven by visions and dreams. Protestant missionaries that had flourished in the 19th century began to distribute, on a large scale, religious tracts and Chinese-language Bibles. For those not in the know, this book by Jonathan Spence follows the rise and end of the Taiping in nineteenth century china. The author Jonathan Spence as a historian has done an excellent work in this book. There is little explanation as to the rise of Zeng Goufan's army, and the Western intervention is skimmed over in about half a sentence. Place Of Publication: New York.
Hong creates his own dynasty, often expelling traditional officials and installing his family members or proven faithful. As a casual read for somebody, like myself, without an extensive grounding in Chinese history, it can be exhausting. Some reviewers find fault with this book because the narrative is told in present tense, as though it's a novel following Hong through the years. On the one hand, this was my first true introduction to the Taiping my interest had first been piqued by a tantalisingly brief section in Philip Ball's 'The Water Kingdom' 2016. As much a nationalist rebellion as a religious movement the Taiping movement very nearly toppled the Manchurian Qing dynasty. It appears that he develops a kind of Arianism, whereby Jesus is not divine but still the son of God. Did the messages come mid-trance, or as a summary afterward? By 1865 nothing remained of the Taiping Dynasty.