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In God’s EmpireFrench Missionaries and the Modern World$
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Owen White and J.P. Daughton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.001.0001

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Measuring Catholic Faith in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Northeast China

Measuring Catholic Faith in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Northeast China

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(p.173) 8 Measuring Catholic Faith in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Northeast China
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In God’s Empire
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Ji Li

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.003.0008

This chapter explores how missionaries, starting in the mid-nineteenth century, developed a method for assessing the degree of faith of Christians in communities in Manchuria. Far from being a passing experiment, missionaries’ use of statistical methods and quantitative language to measure the religiosity of local converts became a central concern of the Church, as important as translating texts to and from Latin, French, and Chinese. In creating this method, missionaries calculated the impact of their efforts and defined what it meant to be a “good” Christian.

Keywords:   China, Manchuria, faith, Latin, French, Chinese, statistical methods

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