Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture

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China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture.

By Yang Huilin, edited by Zhang Jing. Waco, Tex.: Baylor Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. x, 264. $59.95.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, commentators began to describe post-Cultural Revolution China as experiencing a "Christianity fever." While largely a reference to the surge in converts to Christianity, a similar fever was occurring among intellectuals who were interested in the academic study of the religion. Yang Huilin, professor of comparative literature and religious studies at Renmin University of China, belongs to the first cohort of Chinese intellectuals to contribute avidly to this field, better known as Sino-Christian studies or Sino-Christian theology. China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture includes fourteen of Yang's essays in this discourse, divided into three parts.

Part 1, entitled "Christianity and Chinese Culture," discusses subjects in mission history and world Christianity, such as the role and use of language in missionary universities and in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and an evaluation of the process of the inculturation or contextualization of Christianity in China. Yang's essays query the success of efforts to import Christianity into China. In chapter 4 he argues that attempts to accommodate Christianity to China's moral traditions have inadvertently resulted in an "ethicized" Chinese-language Christianity, limited by the common ground shared with the Chinese traditions and devoid of broader ethical resources found in the Christian tradition. …

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