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 11. Life and Family
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LIFE AND FAMILY
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 →
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