This major new study examines the history of Chinese theologies as they have navigated dynastic change, anti-imperialism, and the heights of Maoist propaganda. In this groundbreaking work, Chloë Starr explores key writings of Chinese Christian intellectuals, from philosophical dialogues of the late imperial era to sermons and micro blogs of theological educators and pastors in the twenty-first century. Through a series of close textual readings, she sheds new light on the fraught issues of Chinese Christian identity and the evolving question of how Christianity should relate to Chinese society.
Reading these texts in their socio-political and literary contexts, Starr opens a new conversation about the nature of Chinese theology and the challenge it offers to an understanding of how theology is created and contextualized. Concentrating on those theologians who have actively engaged with their cultural milieux, Starr argues that text is as important as context as she explores how Chinese literary patterns and traditions have shaped Chinese theology.
Background chapters include studies of the Ming transition from Jesuit-authored to Chinese-authored texts, the Republican era Christian press, and contemporary Christian publishing in China, while individual studies include chapters on the writings of Xu Zongze, Zhao Zichen, Ding Guangxun and Yang Huilin among others.