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Rivalry, Avoidance, And Scientific Longing

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Products of the Enlightenment, rationalism and scientific doubt had permeated practically every corner of Western thinking. Exposed from the mid-18th century onwards to this new paradigm and its specific discourse, for the first time religious thinkers could use an innovative form of logic to question the rationale of their ministry and attempt to find scientific bases to their actions that would complement their moral foundation. Language discrepancy can only be partially blamed since all could communicate in Latin and probably French. In Yunnan and Guizhou, Protestant and Anglican colleagues from the China Inland Mission were even more alien to the French priests, sharing the double indignity of speaking English and not being Catholic.

Keywords: China inland mission; language discrepancy; scientific doubt



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