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Christian Presence and Progress in North-East Asia

Historical and Comparative Studies


Edited By Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Jiafeng Liu, Peter Tze Ming Ng and Chong Ku Paek

This volume is a collection of historical and comparative essays, describing and analyzing Christian presence and progress in North-East Asia. The authors originate from China, Japan, Korea, Canada, the United States of America, and the Netherlands. The nineteen essays are a selection from the papers given at the Seventh International Conference of the North East Asia Council of Studies in History of Christianity (NEACSHC), held in Wuhan (China) in 2009. The volume has four parts: General, China, Japan, and Korea. The first part deals with the impact of Western interdenominationalism on the East and the future development of Christianity in China. The five papers on China cope with 19 th and 20 th century topics such as distribution of Christian literature, nationalism, modernization, Christian socialism, and Sino-theology. Comparisons with the situation in the other East-Asian countries are also made in the three papers on Japan, focusing on the beginning of Protestant mission work and Christian education. The final part, regarding Korea and consisting of four contributions, pays attention to recent developments in Bible translation, church planting, holiness mission, Korean diaspora Christianity, and the Korean War.


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Acknowledgements - VIII


VIII Acknowledgements As the Chairman of the North-East Asia Council of Studies in History of Christianity (NEACSHC), 2007-2009, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the editorial members of this publication who were appointed at the 7th International Conference of NEACSHC held in Wuhan, China. Our editorial members are: Prof. Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Honorary Professor Emeritus of Missiology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands; Prof. Peter Tze Ming Ng, Retired Professor of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Prof. Jia-feng Liu, Professor of History at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China; Dr. Chong-ku Paek, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Theology at Seoul Christian University, Korea; Dr. Scott W. Sunquist, Professor of World Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA; and Dr. Yuko Watanabe, Associate Professor of the Centre for Liberal Arts at Meiji Gakuin University, Japan. We are thankful especially to Prof. Jongeneel who has attended the Wuhan conference in 2009 and kindly gave his critical remarks to all the papers we collected for this volume. He has also helped us to secure the publication of the present volume in the Peter Lang series, The Intercultural History of Christianity. Thanks are also due to Dr. Scott W. Sunquist who has offered help to read and polish the work for our English readers. Without their diligently working together in the past months, this volume would not have been completed as smoothly as it has been. Our sincere gratitude is also...

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