Christian Approaches to Religious Diversity in Premodern China

  • Matteo Nicolini-Zani


The scholar who wishes to investigate in depth historical, literary, or theological issues connected with the “Luminous Teaching” (Jingjiao 景教)—as East-Syrian Christianity, still often called “Nestorianism,” 1 was referred to in Tang China—faces a fundamental difficulty: the lack of historical and archaeological sources. Even literary sources, although significant, number only a few texts, almost nothing when compared with the huge amount of Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist literature that circulated or was produced in Tang China.2


Tang Dynasty Religious Diversity Christian Community Hermeneutic Approach Buddhist Teaching 
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