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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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233 List of Contributors 1. Jan A.B. Jongeneel (容格理) is Professor Emeritus of Missiology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Previously he worked as a missionary in Indonesia (1971-1980). He has supervised 41 Ph.D. candidates from all over the world, eight being from Asia (one from India, three from Indonesia, and four from Korea). He is the author of Philosophy, Science, and Theology of Mission in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Missiological Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (1995– 1997; reprinted in India, 2006) and Jesus Christ in World History (2009). 2. Xinping Zhuo (卓新平) has served as a Professor at the Institute of World Religions (IWR), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing since 1988. He has been the Deputy Director of IWR since 1993-1998 and became Director of IWR in 1998. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Standing Committee of China’s People’s Congress. His main research areas are Christian theology, religious studies, Western philosophy and comparative studies of Western and Chinese cultures. His main publications include Between the Holy and the Secular (2004); Contemporary Theology in Asia, Africa and Latin America (2007); Contemporary Development of Christian Churches (2007); Three Talks on Christianity and Chinese Culture: Encounter – Consensus – Difference (2007) and “Global” Religions and Contemporary China (2008). 3. John T. P. Lai(黎子鵬)is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include “Institutional Patronage: The Religious Tract Society and the Translation of Christian Tracts in Nineteenth-Century China” in The Translator: Studies...

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