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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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2018. VIII, 302 pp.
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
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- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. The Wind Blows When It Chooses
- Part 1: Where the Story Begins: Interviews with K. H. Ting
- Part 2: An Upright Man’s Compassion: Rejoicing in Truth
- Chapter 2. New Legend of a Good Christian—K. H. Ting’s Early Life and Career in Shanghai
- Part 1: Life at St. John’s University: Development of Spiritual Beliefs
- Part 2: Assuming Elijah’s Mantle: Work Experience After Graduation
- Part 3: Stronger than David’s Lyre: Influence of a Courageous Churchman
- Chapter 3. Discerning Truth through a Long Journey Abroad
- Part 1: Toronto: Signs of Leadership
- Part 2: New York: Development of Theological and Personal Ideals
- Part 3: Geneva: Preparations for Returning to China
- Chapter 4. At the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS): 1952–1965
- Part 1: An Emerging Leader
- Part 2: Seeking Christian Common Ground
- Part 3: Moving Forward with Caution
- Part 4: Struggling under Job’s Question
- Chapter 5. Looking Back: The Time of GCR
- Part 1: Who Protected K. H. Ting?
- Part 2: Together, Though Far Apart
- Part 3: No Longer Strangers to Revolution
- Chapter 6. At the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS): After 1980
- Part 1: Return to No. 17: Events Before and After the School’s Reopening
- Part 2: Saturday Lectures: The Teaching Method of K. H. Ting
- Part 3: Attention to Warmth and Love: Ting’s Management System
- Part 4: Carrying Back the Olive Branch: NJUTS’ Students Study Abroad
- Part 5: Peace of Mind in the Face of Disaster: Three Challenges for K. H. Ting
- Part 6: New Wine in a New Bottle: Beginning Again
- Part 7: Looking Towards the Future: The New NJUTS
- Chapter 7. As Diplomat and Spokesperson for Christianity in China
- Part 1: The Ladder to Heaven
- Part 2: On the International Stage
- Part 3: Always a Pleasure to Greet Friends from Afar
- Part 4: Christianity and Other Religions in China
- Chapter 8. The Amity Foundation
- Part 1: A Foundation without Funds?
- Part 2: “A Real Hermit Living in the Bustling Place”: The Special Location of the Amity
- Part 3: The Story of “Amity Bakery”
- Chapter 9. A Theologian Who Follows St. Paul
- Part 1: How to Understand the “Three-Self” Movement?
- Part 2: Who Said It’s Simply Two Sides of a Coin?
- Part 3: Modernist and Fundamentalist Christianity in China
- Chapter 10. A Theologian Who “Writes How I Want to Write”
- Part 1: The Role of “Cultural Christians”
- Part 2: Publications about Christianity and K. H. Ting’s Own Writings
- Part 3: Treasure in Clay Jars: Theological Reconstruction in China
- Part 4: Providing Only Key Points: K. H. Ting’s Theological Method
- Chapter 11. Life and Family
- Part 1: K. H. Ting’s Family: An Intellectual Family Tradition
- Part 2: K. H. Ting’s Wife, Kuo Siu May
- Part 3: K. H. Ting Stated: “I need time to relax!”
- Chapter 12. Love Never Ends
- Part 1: My Impression of K. H. Ting: A Philosopher and A Poet
- Part 2: Uncompromised Love
- 1. A Brief Chronology of K. H. Ting’s Life
- 2. Glossary of Terms in English and Chinese
- 3. Glossary of Chinese and English Names in the Text
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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