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A suggested reading list of works related to the study of Urs von Balthasar's theology
Book Review: A Grammar of Consent: The Existence of God in Christian Tradition by Aidan Nichols, O.P.
The Da Vinci Code - Two Book Reviews
The Gospels: The Struggle between Fact and Speculation
Book Review: Jesus, Man or Myth? By Carsten Peter Thiede
Book Review, "Hegemon" by Steven W. Mosher, (Encounter Books, San
I was born and brought up in the Salvation Army, but decided to enter more fully into the life of the Church while in Hong Kong, where I represented the Bible Societies for nine years, and was responsible for the publication of the Scriptures in Chinese for Chinese in all areas outside mainland China. I was therefore baptized, confirmed, and made deacon in St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Hong Kong (part of the Chinese Anglican Church). Although I continued to work in universities, I took an active part in Church life, and in Auckland, New Zealand, was ordained priest by Archbishop Paul Reeves, (later Governor-General of New Zealand). In 1981 my wife and I found it necessary to return to England, and I decided to engage in Parish life by becoming Rector of two parishes in the Chelmsford Diocese. After retiring and returning to England from university duties in Hong Kong in 1994, I helped out in an Anglican parish for a while, but events in Anglicanism in recent years led me, like many others, to move into communion with the Catholic Church two years ago, in 1997.
1. Chinese Conversation in the National Language by T.C.Chao; London, 1947.
2. Li Po-yuan, (Twayne/G.K.Hall, Boston), 1981. This is a study of an important late-Ch'ing (Qing) novelist who sought to reflect changes in Chinese society at the turn of the century.
3. Chinese Essays on Religion and Faith, (Chinese Materials Center, San Francisco and Taipei), 1981. These essays are designed to give some impression of Chinese attitudes to religion and issues of faith in the first half of the 20th century.
4. The True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven, by Matthew Ricci. Translated with Introduction by D. Lancashire and Peter Hu Kuo-chen S.J., (Institute of Jesuit Sources, St. Louis),1985. (Printed in Taiwan). This work by Ricci was the first major expression of Western thought in China.
5. Modern Times, by Li Po-yuan (Li Boyuan), Translated with Introduction by D. Lancashire. (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), 1996.The events in this novel are set against the background of the whole nation, and seek to provide vignettes of change in all areas of Chinese society. The foreign presence is felt in virtually every episode.
6. Sea of Regret and A Strange Case of Nine Murders, by Wu Woyao, Translated with Introduction by D and E. Lancashire. (published privately, 1998). These two novels by a contemporary of Li Boyuan reflect changes in personal and family life, although also set against the background of much of the nation. The author is particularly concerned with the decline in personal and family values.
7. Abbot Taixu: Chinese Buddhist Reformer, Educator and Missionary, (June, 2000, Unpublished).
COMPLETE LIST OF ARTICLES
1. "Chinese Language Reform", The Bible Translator, 1957.
2. "Abbot T'ai Hsu on Christianity", Quarterly Notes on Christianity and Chinese Religion, III, 2, Hong Kong, 1959. 3.
3. "How 1 Came to Choose Buddhism", by Yin-shun Fa-shih, (transl.) Quarterly Notes, IV, 2, 1960. 4.
4. "The Chinese Philosophical Tradition", Hemisphere, 8, 2, Australia, February, 1964. 5.
5. "Confucianism", The Many Calls to Prayer, University of Western Australia, February, 1965.
6. "Buddhism in the North", The Many Calls to Prayer, February, 1965. 7.
7. "A Confucian Interpretation of History", Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 3, (1), January, 1965.
8. "Confucianism in the Twentieth Century", China and Its Place in the World, University of Auckland, 1967.
9. "Anti-Christian Polemics in Seventeenth Century China", Church History, 38, (2), Chicago, June, 1969. 10.
10. "Buddhist Reaction to Christianity in Late Ming China”, Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 6, (1 & 2), 1968,1969. 11.
11. "Asian Language Studies, " The University of Auckland Gazette, April, 1968.
12. "Modern Times", Renditions, Hong Kong, Spring 1974. 13.
13. "Man, Determined or Free", Colloquium, Australia, 1975. 14.
14. "China Revisited", Education, 6, New Zealand, 1976. 15.
15. "Buddhism in Modern China", Religion in Communist Countries, London, Winter, 1977. 16.
16. "A Note on Chapter 59 of the Wen-ming Hsiao-shih (A Brief History of Enlightenment)", Austrina, Sydney, 1982.
17. Constributions on Fiction and Drama in three volumes on Chinese Literature published by the European Association of Chinese Studies, Brill, Netherlands, 1988-1989. 19.
18. Contributions on Buddhism and Taoism in The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 1992.
19. “A Strange Case of Nine Murders: Chapters 1 and II”, Renditions, Hong Kong, Autumn 2004. 62.
20. A.J. Bahm, “The Heart of Confucius.” Journal of Oriental Studies, Hong Kong, 11, 1973.
21. A. Stein, “Tibetan Civilization.” A.U.M.L.A., 39, 1973.
22. .G. Vitale, “Chinese Folklore”, Pekinese Rhymes, Journal of Oriental Studies, 12 (l/2), 1974.
23. A.R. Davis (ed.), “Search for Identity; Modern Literature and the Creative Arts in Asia”, A.U.M.L.A., 44, 1975.
24. J. Ching, “Wang Yang-ming”, Journal of Oriental Studies.
25. Shih Shun Liu (tr.), “Vignettes from the Late Ching.” Journal of Oriental Studies.
26. "Preface", in Dov Bing, (ed.), China. Cultural and Political Perspectives. Auckland, Longman Paul, 1975.
27. Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind, (eds.), “A New Beginning.” The China Quarterly, London, 1983.
28. Archie K. Crouch, “Scholars’ Guide to China Mission Resources in the Libraries and Archives of the United States”, The China Quarterly , 1985.
29. Joseph J. Spae, “China Revisited”, The China Quarterly, 1985.
30. John Hersey, “The Call”, The China Ouarterly, 1987.
31. Bob Whyte, “Unfinished Encounter - China and Christianity.” The China Quarterly , 1989.
32. Raymond L. Whitehead ed., “No Longer Strangers: Selected Writings of K.H. Ting”, The China Quarterly, 1991.
Several further reviews of books, chiefly on Taoism, for Religion since 1993
As will be seen from the above, my research and publications cover the fields of Chinese literature in the period immediately preceding the fall of the monarchy in 1911, and interaction between China and the West in the area of religion and thought.
A Western understanding of China
Douglas Lancashire was born and raised in China and his academic career has spanned the universities of London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Michigan, Auckland and Essex.
He has a specialist understanding of how the Chinese mind views Western culture and religion.
He is also a keen observer of how the Chinese view the influence (for good and ill) of Western culture.
He has also published numerous articles. See below for a selection of articles.
Selection of Articles on Website
Douglas Lancashire has published and co-authored six books as well as numerous articles and reviews in journals. Although now retired, he continues to work in his fields of interest.
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Version: 7th May 2007
Professor Douglas Lancashire