The Heritage of the Reformation for the Future of the Church in China
The author combines this theological and ethical perspective with the inculturation in the strong ethical tradition of the Chinese culture. He proposes the encounter between the spirituality of the Western culture and that of the traditional culture of China through the relationship with Confucianism. The book also offers elements for the dialogue around modern values such as human rights and civil society. In this dialogue, Chinese Protestantism can play more and more an important role.
Acknowledgments There are so many more friends, pastors and professors to thank than I can reasonably name here. First of all, the incalculable debt I owe to my mentor, Rev. Prof. Dr. theol. Christoph Stückelberger. As my “Doktorvater”, director of disser- tation, he was very genial and delightful with all his mind and thoughts to guide me toward the aim of the research and of the vocation. His wife Susanne Stückelberger and the whole family warmly treated me every time at home during the last four years. Without their friendship, I could not imagine my hard work alone in Basel. I am also grateful to the other Basel University professors who played a special role in my doctoral program: Professor of Systematic Theology, Dr. theol. Reinhold Bernhardt, the second mentor of my dis- sertation; Professor of Ethics, Dr. theol. Georg Pfleiderer; Professor of Church History, Dr. theol. M. Wallraff; Professor of Old Testament, Dr. theol. H.-P. Mathys; Professor of New Testament, Dr. theol. E. Stege- mann, and Professor of Practical Theology, Dr. theol. A. Grözinger, my examiners in each field, and all the other professors of the Faculty of Theology of Basel University. I want to give my gratitude especially to the family of Prof. Dr. theol. Martin Sallmann, my “hosts” in the “Theologisches Alumneum”, the venerable student house where I spent the whole time in Basel with very wonderful spiritual conditions. I thank also my other Swiss professors and close friends: Prof. Dr. theol. Pierre B...
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