This paper has been put together by the inspiration of our great leader Professor Dr Obreption, who is currently researching and checking out various innovations in
In a recent In Our Time, Lord Melvyn Bragg discussed the Taiping Rebellion. (see the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yqvqt). The Rebellion is said to have caused the deaths of 20 million people and was based on an encounter with some Baptists Missionaries from
. The siren words on the BBC broadcast, which included Professor Rana Mitter, were acculturation and acclimatization, and these triggered an expectancy of some other sociological descriptors. This programme was certainly not theological and those of our readers with theological nervous dispositions should not read further. Tennessee
The syncretic traditions of
China and to some extent are well noted. Many Asian societies are quite happy to mix Buddhist philosophies with Shinto, Taoism and Confucius. Accordingly, if a religious poll is carried out in some Asian societies, people would assume that that society is a 120% religious. Japan
The Taiping Rebellion can be researched through listening to the programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yqvqt) and reading the material recommended. It goes to show what happens when people think they are related to ‘Jesus Christ’. This is not some Dan Brown story. This really DID happen.
The Taiping state was based in Nanjing and there is now a museum there to commemorate the Rebellion:
As Chou En Lai said when talking about the French Revolution, it's too early to say what effect Taiping had on current Chinese philosophy and economic theory. To some extent the same could be said of the influence of the dissenting Presbyterians and their thought processes on Thomas Jefferson and the US Constitutional theory.
Meanwhile Obreption was in
Knowing Obreptions views that Smith, Hume and Kant put the full stop on philosophy and economics, it was interesting to hear the roots of Francis Hutcheson of Saintfield via Glasgow, Smith, Hume, Jefferson and the mayhem that they all caused. During Hutcheson's time in Glasgow, where he was professor, there were many turbulent times. He also spent time in Dublin and is buried there. His influence on Smith and the Enlightenment is significant and can be researched in any decent website - for example: http://www.scottishphilosophy.org/francishutcheson.html
As the presenter said, the
Obreption’s last intelligible words, while sipping a Lenten brunch special Bloody Mary and a couple of Tequila slammers were: get them to look up Utilitarianism, acculturation, syncretism and check out rebellions, marches; and something about the state of Nelson’s column which we think is still in Trafalgar Square in London.