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Sinicizing Christianity

Sinicizing Christiantiy coverEdited by Zheng Yangwen à“PÎÄ (University of Manchester)

(Contributor) Thomas Harvey OCMS Academic Dean

Chinese people have been instrumental in indigenizing Christianity. Sinicizing Christianity examines Christianity's transplantation to and transformation in China by focusing on three key elements: Chinese agents of introduction; Chinese redefinition of Christianity for the local context; and Chinese institutions and practices that emerged and enabled indigenisation. Dr Harvey’s chapter examines the ways in which the sermons of Wang Mingdao ÍõÃ÷µÀ, the testimonials of John Sung ËÎÉнÚ, and a hymn by Jing Dian Ying ¾´µìå­ to inextricably weave a message that only made sense within the Chinese cultural milieu. It considers the terms used by each to transmit and apply their new-found faith. Where their understanding of the faith diverged from the foreign missionaries. And, finally, what impact their message had upon the development of Chinese Christianity and society itself.

Few scholars of China have analysed and synthesised the process of the Sinicizing of Christianity in China. This volume brings to light ways in which Chinese people have redefined foreign imports for local use and allowed Christianity to be deeply rooted in Chinese soil.

Contributors are: Robert Entenmann, Christopher Sneller, Yuqin Huang, Wai Luen Kwok, Thomas Harvey, Monica Romano, Thomas Coomans, Chris White, Dennis Ng, Ruiwen Chen and Richard Madsen.

Sinicizing Christianity has been published by Brill.



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