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Knowing the East (review)

Knowing the East (review) BOOK REVIEWS "body building" amounts to making "good health, diet, and exercise" a Christian requirement. All that only goes to show how the Protestants not only unwittingly conflated God and country (as they should not and would not, theologically speaking--Anglicans excepted); they also propagated their own "national character." (The English were not alone in this; other modern nation-states, such as France, spread their own preferred form of social manners like a gospel.) The rites controversy was waged, initially, over issues of theology (not bowing before idols). A second rites controversy was waged over matters diplomatic (no full-body prostration lest the Chinese emperor outrank the queen of England). But now there is this third rites controversy, over something more insidious but mundane: the social manners that make up national characters. With all the recent interest in the body and its many cultural variations, this book by Reinders may just provide new fodder for thought. Whalen Lai University of California­Davis KNOWING THE EAST. By Paul Claudel. Translated by James Lawler. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. 136 pp. Fifty years after his death, Paul Claudel (1868­1955) is remembered for many things. Not only was he a major twentieth-century poet and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Knowing the East (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 6, 2006

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BOOK REVIEWS "body building" amounts to making "good health, diet, and exercise" a Christian requirement. All that only goes to show how the Protestants not only unwittingly conflated God and country (as they should not and would not, theologically speaking--Anglicans excepted); they also propagated their own "national character." (The English were not alone in this; other modern nation-states, such as France, spread their own preferred form of social manners like a gospel.) The rites controversy was waged, initially, over issues of theology (not bowing before idols). A second rites controversy was waged over matters diplomatic (no full-body prostration lest the Chinese emperor outrank the queen of England). But now there is this third rites controversy, over something more insidious but mundane: the social manners that make up national characters. With all the recent interest in the body and its many cultural variations, this book by Reinders may just provide new fodder for thought. Whalen Lai University of California­Davis KNOWING THE EAST. By Paul Claudel. Translated by James Lawler. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. 136 pp. Fifty years after his death, Paul Claudel (1868­1955) is remembered for many things. Not only was he a major twentieth-century poet and

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Published: Nov 6, 2006

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