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Between the Unchanging the Transient: Collected Essays on the development of the Chinese Church since 1949.

Chief Editors: Wong Man-kong, Paul W. Cheung, Chan Chi-Hang

The growth of Christianity in China from 1949 to the present has been nothing short of remarkable. Though there are many works that have noted the vibrancy, expansion, and growing influence of Christian belief in China in spite of periods of censorship, prohibition, and persecution, this collection of essays provides unique scholarly research into the nature of the Chinese Church’s impact on China under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Rule.

Dr Harvey’s chapter looks at the paradoxical connection between Hu Feng, a leading leftist intellectual and Wang Mingdao, an independent evangelical Christian Minister. In 1955, Mao Zedong personally led a mass movement called the “Anti-Hufeng Campaign” that resulted in the arrest of Hufeng and his coterie of writers for challenging the diktats on literature set established by Mao himself. In turn, he expanded the campaign’s dragnet to encompass “Hufeng elements” such as Wang Mingdao who Mao claimed threatened the leadership of the CCP.  In his chapter, Dr Harvey unpacks the common denominator between these two very different men in order to bring to light the strange symmetry between literary and Christian dissent in China and its significant implications for China today.