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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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Preface - IX


IX Preface The North-East Asia Council of Studies in the History of Christianity (NEACSHC) is committed to build up scholarly networks and promote fraternal relationships among scholars of the history of Christianity in China, Japan, and Korea. It also aims to provide graduate students of Christian studies and Church history of the North-East Asian countries with opportunities for the exchange of regional information and for broadening their horizons with international and regional perspectives. The contributions in this volume are a selection of valuable papers presented at the 7th International Conference of NEACSHC held in Wuhan, China in August, 2009. The theme of this volume focuses on Christian presence and progress in North-East Asia, with special attention to China, Korea and Japan. It is obvious that the development of Christianity in North-East Asia was affected greatly by the respective socio-cultural and political situations in these countries and these in turn had a significant impact on the processes of globalization and localization of Christianity in North-East Asia. With this in mind, our contributors directed their historical and comparative studies toward Christian movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in North-East Asia. These papers cover different mission ideas, methods, indigenization movement, the growth of local churches, state-church relationships, Christian education, and other Christian enterprises. It is extremely encouraging to see in this volume of papers on Christian movements in North-East Asia from an inter-disciplinary approach, such as from the humanities and the social sciences. The scholars in this volume represent a wide spectrum...

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