Anthony E. Clark

Dr. Anthony E. Clark is the Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Whitworth University. His most recent book is Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi (2017), and he is currently preparing a book on the history of Beitang and Alphonse Favier.

Articles by Anthony E. Clark

Beijing’s “New” Cathedral: Renewal of a Classical Monument

When we build,” John Ruskin famously remarked in The Lamp of Memory, “let it not be for present delights nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think ... that men will say, as they look upon the labor and the wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our fathers did for us!’” The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Beijing is undertaking a substantial restoration and renovation of its most famous church, the Xishiku North Cathedral, in a way that would have contented Ruskin’s sensibilities.

China’s Tale of Two Churches

The opening lines of Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities describes well China’s state of sacred building in recent decades: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.”1