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.