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Author: Naomi Thurston
Studying Christianity in China introduces an emerging academic trend in contemporary Chinese scholarship. Through qualitative interviews with leading experts in Chinese Christian studies, Naomi Thurston has investigated the ongoing conversation between China and Christianity. Since the 1980s, this conversation has given rise to an interdisciplinary academic field that is quickly gaining traction as a cutting-edge, cross-cultural discourse. The Chinese intellectuals driving this field are encountered as unique transmitters of cultural knowledge: they are cultural mediators working in a range of humanities and social science disciplines who are not only re-interpreting Western theology, but are also lending a new voice to Chinese expressions of the Christian faith. As such, they are at the forefront of a novel force in World Christianity.
Author: Naomi Thurston

Considering recent developments in the emerging field of academic ‘Sino-Christian Studies’ and drawing on analysis of interviews with Chinese scholars of Christianity now in their thirties, forties, and early fifties—the paper discusses generational differences among contemporary ‘Sino-Christian’ scholars with regard to questions of identity, academic disciplinary alignments, and thematic foci so as to highlight some of their contributions to contemporary discourses in the Chinese humanities and social sciences, their openness to marginal or controversial themes, and their inclusion of perspectives outside the academy.

In: International Journal of Asian Christianity
Author: Naomi Thurston

This article, based on qualitative fieldwork among Chinese scholars of Christianity whom I interviewed between 2011 and 2015, explores the nexus between scholarly inquiry, cross-disciplinary negotiation, and religious belonging, specifically among the first generation of scholars researching Christianity after the launch of Deng Xiaoping’s policy of reform and opening-up. The article presents a typology of the researchers that is informed by interviewees’ disciplinary, religious, and discursive alignments. It also addresses the question of how the academic discipline of theology might find new anchorage in the landscape of “Sino-Christian studies,” with its many voices and varied interests.

本论文的资料来自笔者从2011至2015年在中国学术界进行的田野研究,探讨的重点是学术研究、跨文化协调与宗教身份的勾连,尤其针对学者中的“前辈”,即改革开放以来第一代学人。此外,此项研究将呈现一个按照学者专业、宗教归属与话语路径来划分的的类型图。本文探索的问题是:在充满不同观点与多种目标的知识话语领域中,学术性神学在当代语境中能否找到一个新的位置? (This article is in English.)

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
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