Stone-Cold Evidence for Syriac Christians in China in the First Century?
by Father Dale A. Johnson
On the 5th Anniversary of Saint Ephrem Mission in the Dominican Republic
In 303 AD, Arnobius, in "Adversus Gentes", speaks of the Seres as among the nations reached by "that new power which has arisen from the works done by the Lord and his Apostles. Arnobius speaks of the Chinese as "united in the faith of Christ." Earlier Christian traditions suggested that either Saints Thomas or Bartholomew first visited China.
There are very few pieces of archaeological evidence to suggest that Christians arrived so early. One exception is an iron cross was found in China with a carved couplet:
Four seas rejoice o'er peace; iron rod splendors a cross;
Ten thousand folks for grace yearn; a thousand autumns incensed by golden urn.
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