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Gods, Heroes, and AncestorsAn Interreligious Encounter in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam$
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Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677602.001.0001

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Text and Context

Text and Context

Errors of the Three Religions

(p.47) 2 Text and Context
Gods, Heroes, and Ancestors

Anh Q. Tran

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 first situates Errors of the Three Religions within the apologetic genre of Christian writings, tracing the history of Christian apologetics and catechism in Asia; Christian apologetics serves either a positive function of defending Church teachings or a negative role of critiquing alternate religions. Then the chapter introduces the text, including the genre, history of composition, structure, content, audience, and authorship of Errors of the Three Religions—making the case that the author is Hilario Costa—as well as its relationship to other Christian texts in Vietnam at that time, such as Matteo Ricci’s and Alexandre de Rhodes’s catechisms.

Keywords:   Christian apologetics, Christian catechism, history of the text, Hilario Costa, critique of religion

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