Yearbook of Chinese Theology 2015


The Yearbook of Chinese Theology is an international, ecumenical and fully peer-reviewed series on Chinese theology in English. Its main focus is on interdisciplinary, contextual, and cross-cultural studies in the areas of Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, and Comparative Religions. The Yearbook also features articles exploring wider issues in church and society. The Yearbook of Chinese Theology thus meets the growing demand for the study of the new academic discipline of Christianity in a Chinese context.

In this first volume, harmony and Sinicization of Christianity in China are studied from a systematic theological viewpoint. Confucian Ruism and the Human-God relationship are investigated from a practical theological perspective. Articles on the rebellious Taiping tianguo movement and on a Fujian Catholic community shed light on the history of Christianity in China, and two articles draw attention to the Bible in relation to literature and general public. Furthermore, a review of the Protestant Church is offered from the viewpoint of Civil Society construction, and Chinese contemporary ideology and historical Nestorianism are researched using methodology derived from the field of Comparative Religions. This volume offers genuine Chinese theological research, which was previously unavailable in English, by top scholars in the study of Christianity in China.

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Paulos Z. Huang, Ph.D (1996, University of Helsinki) and Th.D (2006, University of Helsinki), Post-Doctor (2000, University of Tokyo), is adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. In addition, he is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Sino-Western Studies, and Guest Professor at more than ten universities in China. He is the author of Confronting Confucian Understandings of Christian Doctrine of Salvation (2009, Brill), co-editor of Christianity and Chinese Culture (2010, Eerdmans), and has written many academic monographs in China. He specialises in Christianity, Chinese Daoism/Confucianism, and the dialogue between Christianity and Chinese culture.
This is a welcome addition to the rapidly growing bibliography (from inside and outside China) on Chinese Christianity. (...) the volume as a whole provides a very useful, broad-based continuation of a highly creative development in Christian thinking (and thence in the life of the Church world-wide) in our time. It is to be warmly welcomed as (I trust) the first of many Yearbooks. David Jasper, University of Glasgow and Renmin University of China.
From the Editor’s Desk
Paulos HUANG Inaugural Editorial for Brill Yearbook of Chinese Theology

Systematic Theology and Chinese Humanities
ZHUO Xinping Chinese Religions and a Harmonious World
ZHANG Zhigang Three-fold Thinking on the Sinicization of Christianity

Practical Theology in Chinese Context
Lauren F. PFISTER Reverence for Life and Living with Reverence in the 21st Century: Meditations by a Ruified Christian
ZHA Changping The Dimension of the Human-God Relation in the Thought-picture of Chinese Contemporary Art

Church History in China
ZHOU Weichi Correspondence between the Taiping Heavenly Chronicle (Taiping tianri 太平天日) and the “Revelation”
ZHANG Xianqing Religion and Marriage:The Reconstruction of the Network of Marriage in a Catholic Community in Eastern Fujian Province

Biblical and Scriptural Studies
LIANG Gong Differences in Family Values Between Greek Mythologies & Hebrew Patriarchal Legends
MENG Zhenhua The Understanding of the Bible among the General Public in Mainland China: A Survey on the “Bullet Curtain” of The Bible

Comparative Religious and Cultural Studies
Paulos HUANG Chinese New Leftism Between the Leviathan of State and the Wild Horse of Liberalism in the Light of Christianity
ZHU Donghua Person and Shen身: An Ontological Encounter of “Nestorian” Christianity with Confucianism in Tang China

A Review and Academic Report
HUANG Haibo Approaching Civil Society under Construction: Protestant Churches in China in 2010, Responsibility and Introspection
The Yearbook aims at scholars around the globe, including China, who specialise in Theology, Inter-Religious Dialogue, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sinology, and Sociology of Religion.
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