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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 11. Life and Family


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Part 1: K. H. Ting’s Family: An Intellectual Family Tradition

Zhejiang is a beautiful place, with an abundance of green hills and clear waters. It was the first province in China to be opened up to the outside world since the late Qing dynasty. As a result, a special tradition has been formed: instead of being confined to the local community, successful people in Zhejiang have had more chances to communicate with those in the outside space, receive the latest information and learn the advanced technology, leading to more opportunities for success. Ningbo is typical of this tradition. Being to the south of Hangzhou Bay and in east Zhejiang Province, it faces the sea and stands in the foothills, causing its residents to have little in the way of cultivated land in agricultural societies of the past. As people in Ningbo say, “With Ningbo facing the sea and standing in the foothills, and with a large population and little cultivated land, most residents go elsewhere to work, instead of farming in Ningbo.” Therefore, since the late Qing dynasty, it has been a tradition that people in Ningbo moved away for education and work, with Shanghai their ideal destination as it is close to their hometown and a center of education, commerce and finance. ← 237 | 238 →

In Dinghai, Ningbo, there is the village of Taoyaomen on Cezi Island (a small island under the jurisdiction of the...

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