Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The unobjectionable residue

The Christian Gospel (cont’d.)

353. 'The unobjectionable residue'

The seventeenth-century Jesuits in China, in order not to upset the social sensitivities of the Chinese, excluded the crucifixion and certain other details from the gospel. But, Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper has written (in a letter to "The Times" on 1 December 1959), 'we do not learn that they made many lasting converts by the unobjectionable residue of the story'.

--From "Our Guilty Silence" (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967), p. 49.


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