Contextualization of Christianity in China An Evaluation in Modern Perspective
Contextualization in the study of the history of Christianity in China has become increasingly popular in recent years. It has become a key research criterion in evaluating the strategies of Christian missions, of missionary behavior, of conflicts between Christian and local cultures, and of the success or failure of a given Church mission in China.
This volume presents the papers of an International Symposium on the "Contextualization of Christianity in China: An Evaluation in Modern Perspective" held at Leiden University in 2002, supplemented by additional contributions, covering a wide range of fields, namely, Sinology, history, theology, missiology, religion, philosophy, and political science.
PETER CHEN-MAIN WANG: Introduction
Part I: Early Mission
CLAUDIA von COLLANI: From Accommodation to a Chinese Theology
VINCENT SHEN: Generosity towards the Other. Matteo Ricci’s Strategy of Strangification in China
Part II: Contextualization Efforts – Three Aspects
CHRISTOFFER H. GRUNDMANN: Contextualizing the Gospel by "Imitating Christ". The Emergence of Medical Missions in Nineteenth Century China
JOHN E. GEDDES: Singing a New Song. The Development of the Use of Taiwanese-Chinese Words and Music in the Hymn Book of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, 1865–1965
JESSIE G. LUTZ: The Sinification of Historiography of the China Christian Colleges.
Part III: Individuals in the Light of Contextualization
PETER CHEN-MAIN WANG: Bishop Frederik R. Graves and the Changing Context of China in the 1920s
EDWARD YIHUA XU: Westernization and Contextualization. A Study on Three Pioneering Chinese Pastors of the Sheng Kung Hui in China
RICHARD R. COOK: Wang Mingdao and the Evolution of Contextualized Chinese Churches.
Part IV: Church and State Relations
ROBERT ENTENMANN: Chinese Catholics and Their Relations with the State during the Campaign against White Lotus
R. G. TIEDEMANN: Anti-Christian Conflict in Local Context. The Life and Times of Pang Sanjie: Patriot, Bandit, Protector or Revolutionary?
BEATRICE LEUNG: Christianity in Post-Mao China. Legalism and Accommodation.