Christianity as a Chinese religion: A theological consideration

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Abstract

There has been a growing discourse in mainland China about the “Chinization” or “Sinicization” (Zhongguo hua 中國化) of Christianity, which can be seen as an extension of the common rhetoric that Christianity is a “foreign religion” (yangjiao 洋教). This paper will explore the theological developments of Chinese Christianity in the 20th and 21st centuries and argue that it has exhibited a key characteristic of all forms of Chinese religiosity: Heaven and humanity in unity (Tian ren heyi 天人合一). Indeed, this paper claims that Chinese Christianity must be accepted as a Chinese religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages16
JournalChing Feng
Volume17
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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