Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture

Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture

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Written by a team of internationally recognized scholars, Christian Encounters with Chinese Culturefocuses on a church tradition that has never been very large in China but that has had considerable social and religious influence. Themes of the book include questions of church, society and education, the Prayer Book in Chinese, parish histories, and theology. Taken together, the nine chapters and the introduction offer a comprehensive assessment of the Anglican experience in China and its missionary background. Historical topics range from macro to micro levels, beginning with an introductory overview of the Anglican and Episcopal tradition in China. Topics include how the church became embedded in Chinese social and cultural life, the many ways women's contributions to education built the foundations for strong parishes, and Bishop R. O. Hall's attentiveness to culture for the life of the church in Hong Kong. Two chapters explore how broader historical themes played out at the parish levela€”St. Peter's Church in Shanghai during the War against Japan and St. Mary's Church in Hong Kong during its first three decades. Chapters looking at the Chinese Prayer Book bring an innovative theological perspective to the discussion, especially how the inability to produce a single prayer book affected the development of the Chinese church. Finally, the tension between theological thought and Chinese culture in the work of Francis C. M. Wei and T. C. Chao is examined. qThis is one of the finest books on Christianity and Chinese culture to have emerged in recent years. Philip Wickeri has done the almost-impossible, and assembled an outstanding, world-class team of scholars to write on Anglican and Episcopal history in China, with essays focusing on education, liturgy, ministry, ecclesiology and theology. This is a timely, important booka€”and one that will re-shape the way we understand the place of Anglican and Episcopal churches in the past, present and€”Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, UK qThis pioneering study provides new knowledge of local parishes, translation of liturgy, as well as mission and theology of Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui. Comprehensive in scope and original in using new resources, it will stimulate new scholarship in the study of Christianity in€”Kwok Pui-lan, author of Chinese Women and Christianity, 1860a€“1927 qThe essays included in this important volume offer a refreshingly realistic image of the Christian missionary enterprise and its interaction with Chinese culture and society. The contributors present new angles of interpretation, with more informed and nuanced accounts of the complexities and contradictions that shaped the encounter of one particular strand of Western Christianity and Chinese culture during a turbulent century of€”R. G. Tiedemann, professor of Chinese history, Shandong University, ChinaEssays on Anglican and Episcopal History in China Philip L. Wickeri. Early Attempts of English Education (1850sa€“1865): Mrs. Lydia Smith and the DNFTS The official record that marked the ... Christian Eurasian woman of Chinese and Dutch extraction named Mary Assu, taught the girls simple English for part of the morning.

Title:Christian Encounters with Chinese Culture
Author: Philip L. Wickeri
Publisher:Hong Kong University Press - 2015-05-01

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