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Incorruptible Love

The K. H. Ting Story

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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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Chapter 3. Discerning Truth through a Long Journey Abroad

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DISCERNING TRUTH THROUGH A LONG JOURNEY ABROAD

K. H. Ting, together with his wife, Kuo Siu May, spent almost five years abroad from 1946 to 1951. The couple left Shanghai for Toronto in 1946 when Ting had been assigned a job as secretary of the Canadian Student Christian Movement (CSCM), and in 1951 both departed Europe and returned to China through Hong Kong. The five-year international experience had a deep and long impact on Ting’s career; his extensive contacts with CSCM, the young students in Toronto, studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York (UNION) and work at the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva all broadened his vision, strengthened his belief and deepened his theological knowledge.

In North America and Europe, Ting won compliments and respect in Christian circles due to his excellent performance while in his relevant positions. His humility and composed personality, profound and broad knowledge, effective communication abilities, passionate speeches, sharp thinking and open attitude toward theological learning made Ting well-recognized by the people he encountered in churches and Christian academic circles. On the world stage of Christianity, Ting presented unique characteristics and personal charisma, with name closely associated with Christianity in China. But K. H. was not affected by praise and fame, as he was well aware that he received respect as he represented the new form of Christianity in China, at a time ← 45 | 46 → when two parties, the Nationalist Party of...

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