Reading Response #2

Reading Response #2 - Greg Reynolds History 6B 26 February...

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Greg Reynolds History 6B 26 February 2009 Creating Religious Dissent Jonathan Spence weaves a tapestry of Chinese worship practices and their Christian critiques in pages sixty through sixty-one of God’s Chinese Son . This short two-page section gives unique insight into the world that led Hong to start the Tiaping Rebellion. Spence points out the superstition and ritual that governed China in the nineteenth century and uses his style to push the reader towards understanding Hong and Liang’s point of view. Through this strategy Spence makes these pages into a small persuasive essay on Chinese religious practices. When one reads through this section they are struck by the critical tone that Spence uses. Spence parrots the Christian criticism of Liang to point out how effective it could be on a person of any time period. When the reader makes their way through this passage they come out thinking Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and common worship practices were all incredibly flawed and outdated practices. Although these institutions
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2009 for the course HISTORY 6b taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.

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Reading Response #2 - Greg Reynolds History 6B 26 February...

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