Did Apostles Go to China?
- Did Apostles Go to China?
Evidence suggests Christianity reached China in the first century.
By Ted Olsen | posted 10/21/2002
That Christianity reached China by the end of the first century has
long been dismissed as a myth. Now, says the Chinese People's Daily,
evidence suggests it really happened. Wang Weifan from Jinling
Seminary says tombstone carvings from about a.d. 86 depict Bible
stories and Christian designs. "Somebody certainly was taking the
Great Commission rather seriously," says Ralph Covell, senior
professor of world Christianity at Denver Seminary. Though this
discovery may reset the date of Christianity's arrival by 550 years,
Covell notes that the a.d. 635 meeting between Nestorian Christian
Alopen and Chinese emperor T'ang T'ai Tsung had much greater influence
For more information and to see a picture of the tombstone carvings,
Witnessing various falsehoods written in both the forums by misguided
people I felt it logical enough to reproduce the true version of the
Church History written by none other than the most Rev Malankara
Malpan Dr Kanyamparambil Achen.
I humbly implore this forum to kindly reproduce the article as it is,
so that the faithful could have a clear view about the happenings in
this church for the past 100 years. This article starts from page 173
of the book. However only select but important portions (relevant in
this context) have been written along with my very small observations
in the spare time I could afford because of my busy schedule.
I do not know if this book is available anymore but I sincerely
exhort every faithful to try to get at least a copy of it.
Aloho Ahmuch .
THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN INDIA AND ITS APOSTOLIC FAITH
The Supreme Court judgment of 1958
In spite of unselfish services rendered by Dr P T Thomas and Adv K P
Abraham and P P John the Catholicos could win the suit on " certain
legal points". In spite of this adverse decision the prelates and
the faithful worked with determination for the perpetuation of their
But "peace at any cost " became the slogan of some influential
quarters. The following pages will show whether it was for the better
or for the bitter.
The Union of 1958
In His memorable Patriarchal Bull of 9th December 1958 His Holiness
after elaborating the advantages of union and peace ends the Kalpana
with the words that "We are pleased to accept Mar Baselios
Geevarghese as Catholicos for the sake of peace in the Malankara
This magnanimous gesture from the Holy Father was lauded by the whole
Christendom but the partisans of the Catholicos found it as a
submission of the Patriarch in the wake of the adverse judgment of
the Supreme Court. This is totally incorrect. It has already been
cited earlier that in His first Patriarchal Kalpana to the Malankara
Church dated 11th November, the Holy Father had clearly expressed His
prime desire for peace and that too it was at a time when the High
Court of Kerala had "DECIDED IN FAVOUR OF THE PATRIARCH'S PARTY".