Blog Entries by Mary Li Ma

Mary Li Ma

Mary Li Ma (MA Li) holds a PhD in sociology from Cornell University.

Currently a research fellow at the Henry Institute of Christianity and Public Life at Calvin University, Dr. Ma and her husband LI Jin have coauthored articles, book chapters, and are the authors of Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. They have guest edited several issues of the ChinaSource Quarterly.

Dr. Ma is also the author of The Chinese Exodus: A Theology of Migration, Urbanism and Alienation in Contemporary China, Religious Entrepreneurism in China's Urban House Churches: The Rise and Fall of Early Rain Reformed Presbyterian Church, and 通往阿斯兰的国度:C.S.路易斯《纳尼亚传奇》导读, a theological guide to C.S.Lewis’s Narnia series in the Chinese language.

Dr. Ma is a columnist on social and economic issues for and blogs at Theology and Society.

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Advantages and Challenges for Indigenous Researchers (2)

The Challenges

Four challenges that indigenous researchers face in researching the church in China.

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Advantages and Challenges for Indigenous Researchers (1)

The Advantages

Access, trust, and past immersion in essential related fields are three advantages enjoyed by two indigenous Chinese researchers.

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Why Every Returnee Should Read This Book

Very few returnees are informed realistically about the situations and challenges they will face both in the broader context and in the culture of the church when they return to China. This book can help.

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Who Is Doing Public Theology in China?

A Book Review

A review of Alexander Chow's Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity.

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My ChinaSource Story

I met Dr. Brent Fulton in the spring of 2008 at a ChinaSource consultation in Shenzhen.