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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 12. Love Never Ends

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LOVE NEVER ENDS

Part 1: My Impression of K. H. Ting: A Philosopher and Poet

A number of people know K. H. Ting well, whose impressions and descriptions of K. H. have been collected by Ma Jia so he can be understood completely. The bishop was venerable and always occupied, being vice chairman of CPPCC and leader of Chinese Christianity. In addition, he was a loving father while also a scholar and friend always ready to talk.

Sun Feng, a student of Kuo Siu May, was the managing editor of The Collected Works of K. H. Ting, published by Yilin Press. She had got on well with the Tings for a long time and knew them so well that she spoke of Ting as though he were a member of her own family.

Sun Feng remembered how K. H., while compiling a dictionary with the former president of Yilin Press, rode on a bike to work every day. It was the late 1970s and NJUTS had not reopened yet and, at that time, a female editor in Yilin press wanted to invite K. H. Ting to attend her wedding ceremony but was unsure whether he would accept her invitation. Sun Feng helped her invite him over the phone and Ting accepted, confirming how K. H., while a person of high standing, was easy-going and very modest; when revising ← 261 | 262 → something, he always said: “Your ideas...

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