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«Yin-Yang» Interplay

A Renewed Formation Program for the Catholic Seminary in China


Bit-shing Abraham Chiu

«Yin-Yang» Interplay: A Renewed Formation Program for the Catholic Seminary in China puts the spotlight on the design of a renewed formation program for the Catholic seminary in China. Without any renewed formation, transformation becomes pessimistic in the Chinese Catholic Church (CCC). Though the road marching to spiritual transformation in China is long and winding, «Yin-Yang» Interplay offers those who are interested in laboring in this special vineyard vision a dream, and, more profoundly, hope.
Indeed, this hope is based on the analysis of the political and religious background of the CCC and the data collected from twenty-six interviewees, especially the seminarians whose sincere sharing substantiates the author’s academic research and simultaneously opens a window to the world for understanding the CCC. On the foundation of theory and experience, the author suggests a renewed formation program that customizes the special political and religious situations in China. The program integrates traditional Confucianism, modern educational theory, and contemporary Chinese culture in order to foster a seedbed for the clerical formation of the CCC.
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Chiu, Bit-shing Abraham, OFM has been serving the Chinese Catholic Church by teaching theology in major seminaries and conducting retreats in vari ous dioceses since 1996. He earned his doctoral degree from Episcopal Divinity School, Boston, where he was awarded the best paper prize. He earned his Ph.D. in religious education from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, New York. His enriched teaching experience and academic formation are the basis for this book.

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