During the nineteenth century, Christian missionaries vied for the Chinese souls they thought they were saving. But many things held them back: Western gunboat diplomacy, unequal treaties and their own prejudices, which increased hostility towards Christianity. 'One more Christian, one less Chinese,' has long been a popular cliche in China. Guns and Gospel examines the accusation of 'cultural imperialism' levelled against the missionaries and explores their complex and ambivalent relationships with the opium trade and British imperialism. Ambrose Mong follows key figures among the missionaries, such as Robert Morrison, Charles Gutzlaff, James Hudson Taylor and Timothy Richard, uncovering why some succeeded where others failed, and asks whether they really became lackeys to imperialism.
Ambrose Mong, PhD, is assistant parish priest at St Theresa's Church, Hong Kong and research associate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His publications include Are Non-Christians Saved? Joseph Ratzinger's Thought on Religious Pluralism (London: Oneworld, 2015), Purification of Memory: A Study of Modern Orthodox Theologians from a Catholic Perspective (Cambridge: James Clarke, 2015) and Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration in Interfaith Relations (Cambridge: James Clarke, 2015).
Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter 1 Christus Victor Chapter 2 Opening of China Chapter 3 Uprisings Chapter 4 Pro Deo et Patri Chapter 5 A Colourful Character Chapter 6 A Generous Spirit Chapter 7 All Things to All Men Chapter 8 Mission under Fire Conclusion Bibliography Index