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"There is also now agreement that amongst the episcopal and metropolitan sees recorded for the churches of the East, as being within the Persian Patriarchate from the 4th to the 16th centuries, are included those for today’s Syria, Persia, Russian and Chinese Turkestan, Arabia, and Socotra, Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan -and India, China, Indo-China and Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan (Saeki 1951, Chart I, 349; Vine 1937, 11211).
The history of these countless Christian communities shows some to be nomadic,
some monastic, some largely expatriate at first, many flourishing in cosmopolitan ports, trading centers, some in the households of tribal Khans or imperial rulers, some in remotest valleys or desert oases. It is a long history of surviving, despite hostile state power and countless martyrs; a mission largely by lay people through education, medical care, state service, and trade, and of friendly coexistence."
Hmmmm, let me see. Syria, Persia, Russian and Chinese Turkestan, Arabia, and Socotra, Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan -and India, China, Indo-China and Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan - all without an army and without forced conversions.
Scares you, doesn't it? You can't believe that a Church got so big without ever doing the thing you rightfully castigate the Western Church for doing? This rocks the foundation of everything you hold to be true about Christianity.....doesn't it?
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