By Daniel H. Bays

A New heritage of Christianity in China, written via one of many world's the top writers on Christianity in China, seems to be at Christianity's lengthy background in China, its terribly fast upward push within the final 1/2 the 20 th century, and charts its destiny direction. 

  • Provides the 1st entire  history of Christianity in China, a massive, understudied zone in either Asian experiences and spiritual history
  • Traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western faith to a completely chinese language religion
  • Contextualizes the expansion of Christianity in China inside nationwide and native politics
  • Offers a portrait of the advanced non secular scene in China today
  • Contrasts China with different non-Western societies the place Christianity is surging

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We final observed Wang within the early Nineteen Forties as he was once effectively defying the pressures of the japanese career gurus to affix the union North China church federation being promoted by way of the japanese. That good fortune can have led him to think that he might do an analogous now, and easily stubbornly withstand first the blandishments, then the threats, of the professionals and the TSPM leaders. In June 1955, Wang released an extended, blistering published assault on now not the politics, however the modernist theology of the TSPM leaders, during which he categorically said that they weren't Christian believers. At this aspect it appears either the gurus and the TSPM leaders misplaced persistence and had Wang arrested. 21 This was once a dicy method: there has been each probability that he might be visible as a martyr, with protests from his fans, between whom have been a lot of zealous believers, lots of them children. The drama of Wang’s case persisted good after his arrest. After a few yr in reformatory, continuously less than severe mental strain, Wang relented and signed a confession in 1956 in trade for free up. The deal struck used to be that Wang may make a public confession and could associate with the TSPM. He did the previous, then used to be so chagrined at what he had performed that he retracted his confession and refused to hitch the TSPM in spite of everything. For this he was once lower back to criminal, the place he languished for greater than twenty years. The Wang Mingdao affair is fascinating since it additionally encompasses a position via okay. H. Ting (Ding Guangxun), critical of Nanjing Union Seminary and at the upward push within the TSPM as a protege of Y. T. Wu. Ting led a lot of the assault on Wang within the pages of Tianfeng. After the Cultural Revolution, Ting succeeded Wu as head of the TSPM. Historians range deeply in reviews of the importance of Ting’s position within the conflict among Wang and the TSPM, with Ding being excoriated by way of a few and handled sympathetically via others. 22 The destiny of Evangelicals within the TSPM: The Case of Chen Chonggui We final saw Chen within the overdue Forties, within the presidency of Chungking (Chongqing) Theological seminary. through this time, after approximately 3 a long time of vicissitudes, Chen had succeeded in attaining a place of substantial autonomy, accountability, and nationwide stature in chinese language Protestantism. He persevered to paintings with international missionaries, yet now not as a second-class junior associate,ashehadbeenforcedtodoearlyinhiscareer. Hisnamewasrecognized and revered by way of such a lot chinese language Christians as a touring evangelist and revival Christianity and the recent China, 1950–1966 167 speaker, because the longtime editor of “Evangelism,” and because the writer of stillpopular day-by-day devotional essays. 23 via dint of his abilities and tough paintings, in addition to the impact of out of doors occasions, Chen used to be now between these senior chinese language Protestant leaders who for all their lives had was hoping to accomplish the transition from a international mission-run church to a church operated through chinese language nationals. within the past due Nineteen Forties nationwide politics, specially the civil conflict among the Nationalists and the communists, intruded into all spheres of existence in China.

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