Eric Liddell: Pure Gold 4

imgresDavid McCasland in Eric Liddell: Pure Gold says there was “a wide social and philosophical divide…separat[ing] those [foreigners] whose enterprise was tobacco or mining [i.e., “secular” businessmen] from those whose venture was faith [i.e., “sacred” missionaries]” in China.

The business folks thought the missionaries were “native, piggish, and morally judgmental.”  The missionaries thought the business folks were “affluent, morally corrupt and unconcerned for the Chinese people.”

The sacred-secular divide has been around for a long time, it seems.

I love how David McCasland ends this particular passage: “There was behavioral evidence to support both views.”

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