Since his controversial
Delivering and Dallying (published in 1988), Liu Xiaofeng has been considered the most influential among contemporary Chinese intellectuals interested in Christianity. Now for the first time this collection of Liu's essays, translated and commented by Prof. Leopold Leeb, enables the non-Chinese reader to get a comprehensive understanding of the ideas of this inspiring and erudite scholar.
Sino-Theology and the Philosophy of History, together with the other essays in this collection, provide a panoramic view of the situation of Christian studies in the Chinese context today. In his introduction, Leopold Leeb also presents several other scholars who have been of crucial importance in the dialogue between Chinese culture and Christianity in the last three decades.
Leopold Leeb, Ph.D (1999), Peking University, is Professor of classical European Literature at Renmin University, Beijing. He has published articles and books on China, including
A Dictionary of the History of Christianity in China (Chinese, Beijing: Zongjiao wenhua Publications, 2013).
Table of contents
Part I: Sino-Theology and the Philosophy of History
Chapter 1: Is Everything “Spiritual” Altogether “Very Far Away” from the Chinese People?
Chapter 2: Scientism and the “Spirit” of Christianity
Chapter 3: Nationalist State-Ethics and the Christian “Spirit”
Chapter 4: Sociological Observations on the Modern Context of Sino-theology
Chapter 5: Sino-Theology within the Argument Structure of Modern Thought
Chapter 6: The Hermeneutic Fervor of Sino-Theology
Chapter 7: The Phenomenon of Cultural Christians: A Noteworthy “Rumor”
Chapter 8: The “Chinese-Language” Problem of Christian Theology
Part II: Related Articles
Preface to the Revised Version of Zhengjiu yu Xiaoyao (Delivering and Dallying)
Christianity, Paganism, and Modernity
Preface to The Confucian Religion and Nation-State (Rujiao yu minzu guojia 儒教与民族国家)
Leo Strauss and China: Encountering a Classical Disposition
Hobbes and His “Apology”
Personalia: Persons related to Christian Studies in China
All interested in modern Chinese intellectuals and their approach to Christianity, and anyone concerned with theology in Chinese language, and the dialogue between Christianity and Chinese culture.