History Lessons

Uncovering China’s Protestant Past Today

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  • 1 Purdue University Center on Religion and Chinese Society chrismwhite@purdue.edu
  • 2 普度大学中国宗教与社会研究中心

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This article contends that Chinese Protestant history is increasingly produced and consumed by various interest groups in China today. Protestant families, church congregations, and local state actors are all involved in reassessing and promoting local Protestant history. These processes reveal vibrant, organic forms of acculturation of Christianity into Chinese society. This article further argues that it would be prudent for scholars of contemporary Chinese Protestantism to focus greater analytical attention on Chinese Protestant history.

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