|A new history of Christianity in China / Daniel H. Bays.|
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. Provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history Traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion Contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics Offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today Contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging"--
"In this new book, one of the world's the leading writers in the field, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. Bays expertly tracks the expansion of Christianity in China from the seventh century to the present day, charting how a religion first brought into China by a foreign mission has been adapted by the local population into part of their religious landscape. Beginning with the Nestorian mission in the seventh century, Bays presents a bold reinterpretation which reveals a process that was closely bound up with national and local politics. The account moves through the expansion of Christianity in the Dynastic era, its survival under fire in the mid-1900s, and the growth of the Chinese Church from the end of the Cultural Revolution to the early twenty-first century. The book concludes with an examination of the way in which China is both similar to and different from other non-Western societies-for example Africa, Korea, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands-where Christianity is surging. Throughout, A New History of Christianity in China offers a broad scope and incorporates the major scholarship of the last 30 years, weaving a balanced narrative of Christianity's long history in China, tracing its transformation from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion today"--Provided by publisher.
Introduction. 1. The Nestorian Age and the Mongol Mission, 635-1368. 2. The Jesuit Mission of Early Modern Times and its Fate. 3. Protestant Beginnings, Catholics Redux, and China's first Indigenous Christians, 1800-1860. 4. Expansion and Institution-building in a Declining Dynasty, 1860-1902. 5. The "Golden Age" of Missions and the "Sino-Foreign Protestant Establishment," 1902-1927. 6. The Multiple Crises of Chinese Christianity, 1927-1950. 7. Christianity and the New China, 1950-1966. 8. The Chinese Church from the end of the Cultural Revolution to the early Twenty-first century. Appendix: The Russian Orthodox Church and Ecclesiastical Mission to China.
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