Historical and Comparative Studies
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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