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China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture

By Yang Huilin Foreword by David Lyle Jeffrey Edited by Zhang Jing

China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture
Paperback, 272 pages $59.95
Published: 15th October 2014
ISBN: 9781481300186
Format: 6in x 9in

Subjects: All Cultural Studies, Church History, World Religions

Christian missionaries in China have been viewed as agents of Western imperialist values. Yang Huilin, leading scholar of Sino-Christian studies, has dedicated himself to re-evaluating the history of Christianity in China and sifting through intellectual and religious results of missionary efforts in China. Yang focuses upon local histories of Christianity to chronicle its enduring good. China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture illuminates the unexplored links between Christianity and Chinese culture, from Christianity and higher education in China to the rural acculturation of Christian ideology by indigenous communities. In a distinctly Chinese voice, Yang presents the legacy of Western missionaries in a new light, contributing greatly to now vigorous Sino-Christian theology. 

2015 Christianity Today Book Awards Winner

Foreword by David Lyle Jeffrey

Part I: Christianity and Chinese Culture

1 Language and Missionary Universities in China

2 Three Questions in the Dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity

3 Inculturation or Contextualization: Interpretation of Christianity in the Context of Chinese Culture

4 “Ethicized” Chinese-Language Christianity and the Meaning of Christian Ethics

5 The Contemporary Significance of Theological Ethics: The True Problems Elicited by Auschwitz and the Cultural Revolution

Part II: Theology and Humanities

6 The Value of Theology in Humanities: Possible Approaches to Sino-Christian Theology

7 The Potential Value of Contemporary Theology for Literary Theories

8 Six Problem Domains in Western Marxists’ Theory on Religion

9 To Reverse Our Premise with the Perverse Core: A Response to Žižek’s “Theology” in Chinese Context

10 From “Difference” to “the Other”: A Theological Reading of Heidegger and Derrida

Part III: Scriptural Reasoning

11 James Legge: Between Literature and Religion

12 The Possibilities and Values of “Scriptural Reasoning” between China and the West

13 Scriptural Reasoning and the Hermeneutical Circle

14 The Chinese Union Version of the Bible and Its Hermeneutical Analysis


Works Cited

Details of Previous Publications

“Professor Yang Huilin is a significant and highly respected voice today in Sino-Western ‘Christian studies,’ that is, the intellectual cross-cultural discourse among philosophers, theologians, and public intellectuals on the future of Chinese society and the possible places where some forms of Christian ideas might fit. This collection of some of his essays from the past decade is both erudite and stimulating.”

—Daniel H. Bays, Emeritus Professor of History, Calvin College

"China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture is a brilliant book by a leading scholar, and deserves wide readership."

—G. Wright Doyle, Church History and Religious Culture

"Yang’s work offers a refreshing and insightful commentary on Christianity in China, with its changing and growing intellectual engagement."

—Thomas Harvey, Scottish Journal of Theology

“In his book China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture, with a fine scholarship in listing Chinese learning and the main Western contemporary theological positions, the prominent mainland Chinese scholar Yang Huilin shows appreciation for the approach of enculturation of Christianity into the secular context which is dominant in China today.”

—Mark Chuanhang Shan, Africanus Journal

“Yang’s essays cover a remarkable range of thinking and one can only hope that, at a time when much of the scramble to establish links between Chinese and Western universities is unseemly, hasty and unattractive, this serious and intellectual voice is clearly heard and engaged with in both universities and beyond.”

—David Jasper, Glasgow University, Literature and Theology, (28:2, 2014)

“Yang’s work is the product of a lifetime of careful retrieval and cultural assessment of the contextualization of Christian thought in China. Each essay is a jewel of erudite scholarship. I cannot recommend it highly enough for Western readers who want to understand thinking in China today.”

—Very Rev. Professor Iain R. Torrance, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, President-Emeritus of Princeton Theological Seminary, Former Moderator of the Church of Scotland

“Yang Huilin is a major new thinker on the meaning of language, translation, and Christian theology after postmodernity. His words will re-orient future discussions of religious language and meaning, from West to East.”

—Peter Ochs, Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia

“A vigorous and sophisticated cross-cultural discourse against the background of history, philosophy, religion, theology and hermeneutics”

—Xiaoli Yang, International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

“An excellent guide to study the nature and aims of Sino-Christian theological studies”

—Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Exchange

“An excellent collection of essays whose ideas should be the starting point for conversations in many disciplines.”

—John R. Stanley, Fides et Historia

“This is a significant book for Chinese academia that boldly interprets the Christian phenomena in a new way. It reverses the traditional bias against Christianity, and may in fact inaugurate a more open discussion about religion in general among Chinese in the future. Such profound insights touch upon the very nature of the Christian faith, and bear significance for all Christians, as well as nonbelievers, to rethink their relationship with Christianity. Altogether the book provides a valuable window for understanding Chinese Christianity.”

Liang Chuanshan, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines, Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary

"…this essay collection offers a useful introduction to the intellectual contours of China’s cultural Christians in the post-Tiananmen era, and should appeal to scholars interested in Chinese theology and interreligious religious dialogue."

—Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Journal of Chinese Religions

Yang Huilin is Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, and Vice-President of Renmin University of China. He is the author of many works, including Theological Hermeneutics: Word of God & Words of Man, and recently co-editor of Sino-Christian Studies in China (Cambridge, 2006). He resides in Beijing, China.

Christianity Today Award of Merit for Missions/Global Affairs - 2015 - - Winner

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 272 pages
 6in x 9in

  HIS008000, REL045000, REL070000
 Baylor University Press

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