Building on a long history of previous research and publication, the Warring
books draw on and cumulate the research represented by its journals.
The books form two series, with the Sinological series further divided.
We find that many of the source texts, both Christian and Chinese, are
accumulations rather than integral compositions: the result of a
formation process rather than of a single authorial impulse.
Like authority texts in any culture, from Polynesian ancestral chants
to the Constitution of the United States, they maintain their authority
status by keeping current with changing needs and perceptions. Only if
understood in this dynamic sense can their value as evidence for
history be properly assessed and utilized. This approach to texts is
more or less standard in many humanistic fields, but it tends to meet
resistance precisely in the two fields with which we are concerned:
classical China and early Christianity. As a result, the Project's
conclusions about these texts and the history they imply constitute a
breakthrough in both fields.
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||Ancient China in Context
The Emergence of China
From Confucius to the Empire
A comprehensive survey of classical Chinese history and thought
|Brooks, E. Bruce and Brooks, A. Taeko