The author recounts Ricci’s slow geographical, spiritual and intellectual journey from Portuguese Goa to the Beijing of the Ming dynasty. Despite Ricci’s current status as poster boy of the principle of accommodation (or inculturation), he and his method were not always in favour.
What effect did the Chinese people have on the life and work of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci and his companions? Professor Nicolas Standaert considers how the thought and customs of those who received the mission, the Chinese people, shaped the work and ideas of the Jesuits.
One of the pioneers of the Jesuit mission to China, Matteo Ricci remains a greatly respected figure for the Church and for the Chinese people. Yves Camus SJ introduces us to the man who has been called ‘the most outstanding cultural mediator between China and the West of all time’.
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