Academic journal article Theological Studies

Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects

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Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects. By Kin Cheung Chiaretto Yan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014. Pp. xiv + 178. $30.

Even though the Vatican-China relation has warmed up since 1980, the current impasse between the Holy See and the government of China on the appointment of bishops has left Chinese Catholics in a stagnant relationship. This contentious and sensitive issue displays differing views--often politicized and with vested interests--of the Catholic presence in China since the 1950s. Much has been written about the "two" Chinese Catholic Churches, one officially recognized by the government (the so-called "Patriotic Church"), the other often labeled as the "underground" Church.

China observers in recent years reject this simple classification of Chinese Catholics and seek a more comprehensive picture. In this book--a revision of his dissertation in missiology--Yan attempts to give an insider's view of the complex reality of the Catholic Church in China. He is a Western-trained Chinese scholar and layman who examines the challenges and prospects of Catholic evangelization in China. …

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