Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Singing Stone

In the Cappadocian valley of central Turkey is a geologically bizarre collection of mushroom shaped monoliths of stone. I have stood at the foot of these great creations of nature.  Over the centuries monks have carved dwellings into the limestone … Continue reading

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You Can Find Anything in China

This park is dedicated to the Americans who defended it from the Japanese during the Sino Japanese War. Wherever I go in this world I see that people love their children. Is it so hard to love one another?   … Continue reading

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Palimpsest Portion of the Xian-fu Stone

In 1979 I was studying in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Dr. May had kindly invited me to review Syriac texts which turned out to be missing pages from Severius of Antioch. Syriacist Sebastian Brock later found a manuscript … Continue reading

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The Stone Mirror

I met Matteo Nicolini –Zani briefy in 2004  when researching  a collection of Crosses at the University of Hong Kong Museum. The identification of the Yuan Dynasty collection of “Crosses” created my first doubts about the attribution given to the  … Continue reading

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Kircher: the smartest man who ever lived (according to him) had an interest in Syriac

Athanasius Kircher was the first European to reveal the Syriac and Chinese inscription on the Xian-fu stone written in 781 C.E. and rediscovered in 1623-25 C.E. He published the China Illustrata (one of 40 major publications) in 1667. Athanasius Kircher … Continue reading

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The Smartest Guy in the Room Got one thing Wrong

The Last Man for All Seasons “This is the man。” written by a fellow professor in Rome about Athanasius Kircher。 Athanasius Kircher is considered by some to be the last Renaissance man in Europe。Like Thomas More of a century earlier … Continue reading

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The Term Nestorian in Chinese History

The name Nestorian is a term of contempt if you ask an Eastern or Asian Christian. The name Nestorian is a term of history if you ask a western scholar who studies the history of Christianity in Asia from a … Continue reading

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