Feb 3_The Jesuits as Scholars and the Utopian Far West

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Learning from Heaven: The Jesuits as Scholars and the Utopian “Far West”
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Emperors of Late Ming China, 1570s – 1640s Emperor Wanli Emperor Tianqi Emperor Chongzhen
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Sino-foreign Trade in the 17 th Century
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Advancement of Printing Industry
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Synthesis of “Three Teachings”: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism
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Renaissance Europe
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Age of Discovery
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Reformation and Counter-Reformation Martin Luther (1483-1546) Council of Trent (1545-1563)
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Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) Born in Macerata, Italy Jesuit College in Rome 1572-1577 Mission to India 1578-1582 China Mission: Macao 1582 China Mission: Guangdong1583 China Mission: Beijing 1600
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Ricci s Portrait, Ricci and Xu Guangqi ( 徐徐徐 )
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Major Chinese Works by Ricci The True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven 天天天天 Geometry 天天天天 Arithmetic 天天天天 Illustrations of the Astrolabe and Spheres 天天天天天天 Complete Map of Ten Thousand Countries in the World 天天天天天天 Ten Chapters by an Extraordinary Man 天天天天 On Friendship 天天天 Eight Songs in Western Music 天天天天天天
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Excerpt from Tianzhu shiyi 天天天天 (The True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven) Western Scholar says: Our Lord of Heaven ( Tianzhu ) is the Lord-on- High ( Shangdi 徐 徐 ) mentioned in ancient Confucian classics. The Doctrine of the Mean (Z hongyong 天 天 ), [for example,] quotes Confucius’ saying “The rituals of sacrifices to heaven and earth are meant to serve the Lord-on-High.” … In the
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