This is the first scholarly volume on Chinese Christian Pentecostal and charismatic movements around the globe. The authors include the most active and renowned scholars of global Pentecostalism and Chinese Christianity, including Allan Anderson, Daniel Bays, Kim-twang Chan, Gordon Melton, Donald Miller, and Fenggang Yang. It covers historical linkages between Pentecostal missions and indigenous movements in greater China, contemporary charismatic congregations in China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, and the Catholic charismatic renewal movement in China.
The volume also engages discussion and disagreement on whether it is even appropriate to refer to many of the Chinese Christian movements as Pentecostal or charismatic. If not, are they primarily following cultural traditions, or upholding beliefs and practices in the Bible?
Contributors are: Allan H. Anderson, Connie Au, Daniel H. Bays, Michel Chambon, Kim-kwong Chan, Weng Kit Cheong, Jiayin Hu, Ke-hsien Huang, Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Karrie J. Koesel, Yi Liu, J. Gordon Melton, Donald E. Miller, Selena Y.Z. Su, Joy K.C. Tong, Yen-zen Tsai, Fenggang Yang, Rachel Xiaohong Zhu.
Fenggang Yang, Ph.D. (1997) from the Catholic University of America, is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University. He is the author of
Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule (2012) and
Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (1999), and the coeditor of more than ten books. He is the founding editor of the
Review of Religion and Chinese Society. Two of his articles received distinguished article awards. He was elected the president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2014–2015).
Joy K. C. Tong, Ph.D. (2009), National University of Singapore, is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wheaton College, IL. She is also Affiliate Professor of Chinese Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IL. She has published monographs, articles, and book chapters on China and Southeast Asia, including
Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in Modern China (Anthem, 2012).
Allan H. Anderson is Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, where he has worked since 1995. Raised and educated in Southern Africa, he is the author of numerous articles and several books on global Pentecostalism, the most recent being
An Introduction to Pentecostalism (Cambridge, 2014) and
To the Ends of the Earth (Oxford, 2013).
Table of contents
Pentecostals and Charismatics among Chinese Christians: An Introduction
Fenggang Yang, Joy K. C. Tong, and Allan H. Anderson
Part 1. Historical, Global, and Local Contexts
Chapter 1. Contextualizing the Contemporary Pentecostal Movement in China
Donald E. Miller Chapter 2. Chinese Ecstatic Millenarian Folk Religion with Pentecostal Christian Characteristics?
Daniel H. Bays Chapter 3. Pentecostalism Comes to China: Laying the Foundations for a Chinese Version of Christianity
J. Gordon Melton Chapter 4. Elitism and Poverty: Early Pentecostalism in Hong Kong (1907–1945)
Part 2. A Chinese Pentecostal Denomination: The True Jesus Church
Chapter 5. Charismatic Crossings: The Transnational, Transdenominational Friendship of Bernt Berntsen and Wei Enbo
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye Chapter 6. Taming the Spirit by Appropriating Indigenous Culture: An Ethnographic Study of the True Jesus Church as Confucian-Style Pentecostalism
Ke-hsien Huang Chapter 7. Glossolalia and Church Identity: The Role of Sound in the Making of a Chinese Pentecostal-Charismatic Church
Part 3. Pentecostal or Non-Pentecostal: Self-Identity and Scholarly Observation
Chapter 8. Spirituality and Spiritual Practice: Is the Local Church Pentecostal?
Jiayin Hu Chapter 9. Are Chinese Christians Pentecostal? A Catholic Reading of Pentecostal Influence on Chinese Christians
Michel Chambon Chapter 10. The “Galilee of China”: Pentecostals without Pentecostalism
Part 4. New-Wave Charismatics in Chinese Societies
Chapter 11. “Christianity Fever” and Unregistered Churches in China
Selena Y. Z. Su and Allan H. Anderson Chapter 12. China’s Patriotic Pentecostals
Karrie J. Koesel Chapter 13. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Mainland China
Rachel Xiaohong Zhu Chapter 14. City Harvest Church of Singapore: An Ecclesial Paradigm for Pentecostalism in the Postmodern World
Kim-kwong Chan Chapter 15. The Localization of Charismatic Christianity among the Chinese in Malaysia: A Study of Full Gospel Tabernacle
Weng Kit Cheong and Joy K. C. Tong Chapter 16. The Femininity of Chinese Christianity: A Study of a Chinese Charismatic Church and Its Female Leadership
Joy K. C. Tong and Fenggang Yang
Conclusion: Challenges, Theories, and Methods in Studying Chinese “Pentecostalism”
Allan H. Anderson
Academic and public libraries, all scholars and church leaders interested in Chinese Christianity, and anyone concerned with scholarly research on Pentecostalism and charismatic movements.