The Church as Safe Haven

Christian Governance in China


The Church as Safe Haven conceptualizes the rise of Chinese Christianity as a new civilizational paradigm that encouraged individuals and communities to construct a sacred order for empowerment in modern China. Once Christianity enrooted itself in Chinese society as an indigenous religion, local congregations acquired much autonomy which enabled new religious institutions to take charge of community governance. Our contributors draw on newly-released archival sources, as well as on fieldwork observations investigating what Christianity meant to Chinese believers, how native actors built their churches and faith-based associations within the pre-existing social networks, and how they appropriated Christian resources in response to the fast-changing world. This book reconstructs the narratives of ordinary Christians, and places everyday faith experience at the center.

Contributors are: Christie Chui-Shan Chow, Lydia Gerber, Melissa Inouye, Diana Junio, David Jong Hyuk Kang, Lars Peter Laamann, Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, George Kam Wah Mak, John R. Stanley, R. G. Tiedemann, Man-Shun Yeung.

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Lars Peter Laamann obtained his Ph.D. in 2001 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is Senior Lecturer in the history of eastern Asia at SOAS and editor of the Central Asiatic Journal.
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Ph.D. (2000), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is Professor of History at Pace University in New York City.
Preface: In Permanent Gratitude to R. G. Tiedemann
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1 Christianity and Community Governance in Modern China
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee and Lars Peter Laamann

part 1: Spirit / 靈: Filling a Cosmological Void

2 Torch-Bearers of Modernity? Western Missionaries, Demonism and Exorcism in Modern China (1860s–1930s)
Lars Peter Laamann

3 Signs of Power: Christians’ Search for Certainty in Troubled Times (1906–1919)
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

4 Buddhist-Christian Encounters: Robert Morrison and the Haichuang Buddhist Temple in Nineteenth-Century Canton
Man-Shun Yeung

5 Seeking Convergence: Richard Wilhelm, Wu Leichuan, and their Quest for a Shared Confucian-Christian Vision
Lydia Gerber

part 2 : Intellect / 智: Christianizing Chinese Hearts and Minds

6 Mission Education and New Opportunities: American Presbyterian Schools in Shandong Province
John R. Stanley

7 Trained to Care: The Institutionalization of Nursing in Hong Kong (1887–1900)
David Jong Hyuk Kang

8 Patriotic Cooperation: Why was the Church-Run Border Service Department Established in Wartime China?
Diana Junio

9 Building a National Bible Society: The China Bible House and the Indigenization of Bible Work
George Kam Wah Mak

part 3: Body / 體: Christian Activism in Local Society

10 Faith and Charity: Christian Disaster Management in 1920s Chaozhou 
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

11 Catholic Mission Stations in Northern China: Centres of Stability and Protection in Troubled Times
Rolf Gerhard Tiedemann

12 Revive, Survive, and Divide: Rebuilding Seventh-Day Adventism in Wenzhou
Christie Chui-Shan Chow

The Church as Safe Haven should appeal to readers interested in the history of modern China, Chinese Church history, Asian religions, world Christianity, missiology, and cross-cultural encounters.
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