This book describes the history and development of the Orthodox Church in China from its origins in 1242 A.D., its Eastern Church forebears, and its development in the other nations of North Asia - Korea and Japan. The activities and achievements of the Orthodox Church, especially since the 17th century, have been understated in many historical studies of Christianity in China. This book details the nature and evidence of these early activities.
Dr. Kevin Baker is Unit Chair for the Chifley Business School of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Acknowledgements; List of Maps and Illustrations; Notes and Names and Place Names; Preface; Part One - The Roots of the Vine; 1. Introduction; 2. Eastern Christians in China, Korea and Japan to 1200; 3. Eastern Christians in China, Korea and Japan from 1201 to 1400; 4. The First Orthodox Christians in China 1242 to 1689; Part Two - The Vine is Established; 5. Russian Priests and Traders 1690 to 1718; 6. Setbacks and Negotiations 1719 to 1799; 7. Learning, Scholarship and Expansion 1800 to 1898; 8. The Boxer Uprising 1899 to 1900; Part Three - The Spreading of the Vine; 9. The Spread of Orthodoxy 1901 to 1945; 10. Towards Indigenous Orthodox Churches 1946 to 1956; 11. The Church Suffering 1957 to 1986; 12. The Church Renewed 1987 to 2004; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.