Can definitely hope that in the eyes and mercy of god

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can definitely hope that in the eyes and mercy of God, many of the ancient Chinese found salvation in the natural law.”for Ricci, the Chinese had been Christians all along, without realizing it.it appeared that beliefs, expressed in Confucianism, were presented by the Jesuits as being essentially secularist.this argument led to the Jesuits ‘s greatest and significant aspect of accommodations this was the use of pre-existing Chinese terminology for their Christian conceptsfor the Jesuits, the Chinese could continue to undertake their own rites and rituals these were those associated with ancestor worshipand they could become Christians at the same time.the Catholicism they brought to China was transformed by its Chinese circumstances.
in this respect, there exists an extraordinary historical irony in the fact that after the Kangxi emperor declared in 1692, that Christianity was no longer to be listed as a ruinous doctrine, a series of Papal Bulls of 1704, 1707, 1715, & 1742 condemned what it now labeled the “Chinese Rites” and banned any further accommodations of the type that Ricci had undertaken, a decision reversed in 1939.Ricci’s Death in Beijing:Matteo Ricci did not live to either celebrate the victory or to suffer the defeat of his efforts.at the time of his death, the estimated number of Chinese Catholics stood at around 2,500they had grown to about 200,000 in 1700.as a token of favour, Ricci was buried just beyond the inner walls ofBeijing this was an an order that had been granted to him by the emperor.

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