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Nestorian Tablet in China
Internet History Sourcebooks Project, Fordham University ^ | July1998 | ed Paul Halsall

Posted on 07/21/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

This remarkable record of the fact that Christianity flourished in medieval China is a huge stone about ten feet high. Carven dragons and a cross adorn its summit, and its main shaft is completely covered with some two thousand Chinese characters. It stands now in the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Sian-fu, this Peilin being a great hall specially devoted to the preservation of old historic tablets. Up to a few years ago the ancient stone stood with other unvalued monuments in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery, exposed to all the assault of the elements. Only European urgence has led to its being preserved in the Peilin... [I]n the year A.D. 781 erected this stone in commemoration of its triumphs. Now, alas, only the stone remains. The record of the sect's decay has needed no stone to make it manifest. Nestorian Christianity, shut off from its mother land by the rise of the Mohammedan powers in between, proved unable to resist the inroads of ignorance and superstition and changing political affairs. It degenerated and disappeared

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1 posted on 07/21/2004 11:04:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/21/2004 11:05:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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3 posted on 07/21/2004 2:41:57 PM PDT by curmudgeonII
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To: SunkenCiv
This is fabulous.

I have a keen interest in the Nestorian Branch of the The Faith.

As the article indicates, the Faith was flourishing in China until the "Mohammedans" cut them off from the larger community. The world was pretty much Evangelized within a few hundred years after Christ's Death and Resurrection.

There is evidence that missionaries reached this hemisphere (New World) within a few hundred years.

4 posted on 07/21/2004 2:55:42 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: SunkenCiv

This is neat! The dates are in AD as in not BC and as opposed to the current BCE and CE which refer to the common era but obfuscate the era having been created by Christianity.


5 posted on 07/21/2004 3:56:08 PM PDT by Henchman (I Hench, therefore I am!)
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To: happygrl
"As the article indicates, the Faith was flourishing in China until the "Mohammedans" cut them off from the larger community. "

Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty (86AD)

6 posted on 07/21/2004 5:12:02 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

The Christians in China seemed to have flourished in the 600s and 700s and again in the 1200s but were tied to the emperor and theruling dynasty. When those dynasties crumbled and the protectors were no longer extant, the Christians withered.There were a couple of obscure religious groups in China at least up until the communist era that could be echoes of those Christians but it is hard to tell.


7 posted on 07/21/2004 5:43:04 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Ong la nguoi di hanh huong den La Vang)
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Thanks Blam, I'll add that link if needed, but after I get home. :')


8 posted on 07/21/2004 7:36:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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9 posted on 08/14/2004 1:30:34 PM PDT by Coleus (Brooke Shields killed how many children? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1178497/posts)
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Thanks for the ping!! Most interesting!

Nestorian Christianity, shut off from its mother land by the rise of the Mohammedan powers in between, proved unable to resist the inroads of ignorance and superstition and changing political affairs. It degenerated and disappeared

Even then, Islam was wielding power.

3) Nestorius and His Theological Influences

THE NESTORIAN PAGES

The contemporary nestorians are found in the Chaldean Catholic Church.

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10 posted on 08/14/2004 3:50:09 PM PDT by NYer (When you have done something good, remember the words "without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).)
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The things one can learn from the FR, it's amazing.


11 posted on 08/14/2004 4:00:34 PM PDT by Coleus (Brooke Shields killed how many children? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1178497/posts)
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Interesting post...

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12 posted on 08/14/2004 8:25:54 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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Hmmmm. Interesting article. Thanks.


13 posted on 08/15/2004 4:28:27 AM PDT by ninenot (Minister of Membership, TomasTorquemadaGentlemen'sClub)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Nestorian Heresy.
14 posted on 08/15/2004 9:29:14 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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15 posted on 07/31/2005 5:57:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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