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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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Chapter 6. At the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS): After 1980


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After 1980

With the reopening of churches in China, higher education in the area of divinity had once again come into consideration, including the reopening of NJUTS, which met with more difficulties than expected. Below are details of this reopening.

Part 1: Return to No. 17: Events Before and After the School’s Reopening

The reopening of NJUTS had to be approved by all levels of related government branches, the United Front Work Department (UFWD), State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), Chinese Ministry of Education (CME) and related administrations of the city of Nanjing and Jiangsu Province. The reopening involved many difficulties, such as the Chinese government having to tackle problems regarding importance and urgency, while government officials’ prejudice against religions, especially Christianity, proved another obstacle. Fortunately, before the reopening of NJUTS, as a representative of Chinese religious circles, K. H. was elected Standing Committee member of CPPCC and Standing Committee member of the ← 107 | 108 → National People’s Congress (NPC) in 1978, while in 1980 he was chairman of TSPM, and president of CCC. Since the 1950s, he had been influential in CPC circles and the Chinese Central Government (CCG), so he was entitled to reset the image of Christianity and indeed restored its original image on many occasions, which helped reduce or remove others’ prejudice against the religion and reopen theological seminaries. Some practical CPC members realized that religions...

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