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Incorruptible Love

The K. H. Ting Story


Jia Ma and Suyun Liao

K. H. Ting (1915–2012) was an important Christian leader and theologian in China. Indeed, since the late-1970s, he has been seen as the spokesperson for Christianity in China. Many stories surround his life, but it is sometimes unclear which ones are true, making him a mysterious figure.

K. H. Ting became the principal of Jinling Theological Seminary in 1952 and remained in this position until his death, making him the longest-standing principal of any theological seminary in the world. He experienced many difficult times in his 97 years, and in any ways the history of Christianity in China is reflected through the ups and downs he experienced. In Incorruptible Love: The Story of K. H. Ting, the authors offer Christians, as well as people of other spiritual beliefs, intellectuals, and the general public, a greater understanding of K. H. Ting’s life and beliefs. This biography will help people learn not only about K. H. Ting, but also about the fundamentals of Chinese Christianity.

Written in a blend of creative and academic writing styles, Incorruptible Love makes the story of K. H. Ting vivid and convincing. This text can be used in courses on Christianity in China, the Chinese Church, religion in China, and modern Chinese history.

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For me, this biography stands for a transition from purely academic writing to a writing style that combines the academic and creative. From 2000 to 2018, during the eighteen years of interviews, writing, visits—to locations including Nanjing, China, Toronto, Canada, New York, Ce Zi Island in Ningbo, China, Lund, in Sweden—many people including my advisors, family members and many Christian as well as non-Christian friends have helped me generously.

I am indebted to Professor Liao Suyun who joined me in 2007. Suyun was my colleague when she came to Canada as visiting professor at Renison College, University of Waterloo where I had been teaching before joining York University. We worked together on the original manuscript of this text from 2007–2012 but, after signing the contract with Peter Lang Publishing, July 2016, Suyun could no longer help me with new chapters as a result of her heavy teaching load, meaning that I added two new chapters and reorganized the structure of the text myself.

Some important events have happened in the circle of Chinese Protestant Christianity since I completed my major interviews with K. H. Ting in 2006. For instance, the 8th standing committee of TSPM and the 6th standing committee of CCC were formed during the national convention of Chinese ← 277 | 278 → Protestant Christianity on January 12th, 2008. In this convention, Bishop Ting was again elected honorary chairperson of TSPM and honorary president of CCC. However, due mainly to health...

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