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Opium presented a problem to Christian missionaries in China from the moment the first of their numbers disembarked, because it was not uncommon for the ships on which they travelled to the Middle Kingdom to carry the drug as cargo. Although Roman Catholic missionaries did not produce any public rendition of the whole Bible until the 20th century, their Chinese catechetical texts and historical overviews included much biblical information and terminology. The Taiping Rebellion was China's - and the world's - greatest millenarian cataclysm. In Protestant theological/missiological thought, Christian conversion, or evangelism, has a two-fold purpose, one immediate and the other remote. Protestant missionaries in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries oft en viewed 'good works' as a means of reaching the Chinese to tell them about Christianity.

Keywords: Christian missionaries; Qing China; Taiping Rebellion



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