Resources by LI Jin
LI Jin is a PhD student at Calvin Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary he was a PhD candidate in economic history at a Shanghai university. He writes on Christian thought for both public and Christian media outlets in mainland China and Hong Kong.
LI and wife Mary Li Ma 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 also guest edited several issues of the ChinaSource Quarterly.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Advantages and Challenges for Indigenous Researchers (1)
Access, trust, and past immersion in essential related fields are three advantages enjoyed by two indigenous Chinese researchers.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Advantages and Challenges for Indigenous Researchers (2)
Four challenges that indigenous researchers face in researching the church in China.
A Field Study of “The Church of Almighty God” Cult
The authors did a field study of The Church of Almighty God over several years. In their report they include excerpts from the writings of the “female Christ” found in The Scroll That the Lamb Opened. There are also quotes from several individuals they interviewed who had dealt directly with...
A Much-Needed Update about Chinese Christianity
China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot Be Hidden by Brent Fulton Reviewed by Li Jin Due to urbanization and social change, China’s churches look different today than they did a number of years ago. Urban churches, with unusual diversity, now comprise a major part of Chinese Christianity. Fulton...
A Theology of Family for the Chinese Church
Due to the historical influences on family structure and ethics, many new Christians have no background for a Christian marriage and family. Sound doctrine and the ability to utilize the gospel to transform familial ethics are critical needs in China. In addition, due to a lack of accurate understanding of...
Christian Ethics and Family Living in China
Vol. 18, No. 2
2016 Summer Issue
Denominationalism or Nondenominationalism?
Is There a Third Way?
The author looks at the history of denominationalism in China and discusses what being part of a denomination means.
Eschatology and China's Churches
The question of a church’s eschatology not only concerns its future but also determines how its people live in today’s world. While house churches included a brief summary of their eschatology in a 1998 document, within the theology of the official Three-Self Church eschatology lacks a working category; it finds...
Faith Going Public
Urban Christians and Civic Participation in China
The authors review the origins and history of the house church movement then go on to discuss the current urban house church situation including civic engagement and Christian publications.
Not Ruling Over but Feeding the Sheep
Thoughts on the Boundaries of Authority and Power in the Chinese Church
What type of church structure would be best for China’s churches? Considerations include China’s historical church governance, the church’s place in society and government, and how to handle situations of power abuse.
Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China
Studies in Chinese Christianity Series
Selected by the International Bulletin of Mission Research as one of the ten outstanding books of 2017 for Missions Studies, this sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by...
Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China
Vol. 17, No. 2
2015 Summer Issue