Resources by 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 College, she 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. A second book, The Chinese Exodus: A Theology of Migration, Urbanism and Alienation in Contemporary China is forthcoming in September 2018. Mary is also a columnist on social and economic issues for Caixin.com and blogs at Theology and Society.
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...
Christian Ethics and Family Living in China
Vol. 18, No. 2
2016 Summer Issue
Conversation with a Migrant-Worker Church Minister
An interview by Dr. Mary Ma with the minister of a migrant worker’s urban church which identifies a number of issues characteristic of urban churches comprised of migrant workers from rural areas. These concerns include living conditions, economic status, long work hours, mobility, and other factors that all contribute to the...
Educational Inequality for Migrant Children Perpetuates Poverty
Even after thirty years of economic reform, the majority of rural migrants in China's cities are still kept out of the formal labor market and professional tracks. Most of them pick up jobs in the informal sector. Such social inequality is likely to be perpetuated given the fact that their...
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.
Intergenerational Challenges in Christian Marriages
A Sociological Case Study of Urban Young Christians in China
Over recent generations, marriage expectations have changed. For young Christians in China, marriages are taking on new ethical norms that include challenges. Parental pressures in finding a spouse as well as in planning a wedding can create much tension. After marriage, child-bearing and rearing continue to generate challenges between the...
My ChinaSource Story
I met Dr. Brent Fulton in the spring of 2008 at a ChinaSource consultation in Shenzhen.
Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China
Studies in Chinese Christianity Series
By Mary Li Ma and Jin Li 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...
The Chinese Exodus
Migration, Urbanism and Alienation in Contemporary China
By Li Ma. A sociological analysis as well as a theological discussion of China’s internal migration since the marketization reform in 1978.
The City and the Church
Towards an Urban Theology in China
As China becomes increasingly urbanized, an urban theology for ministry is needed. As modern man finds himself slowly enmeshed in urban living, he experiences materialism, relativism, and an increasingly segmented society. He questions what is real and true, and who God is. These questions can become points of contact for...
The Decay of the Chinese Family
The stresses and conflicts found within Chinese families are increasing with urbanization that often forces families to live apart. After discussing some of the major pressures that families face in today’s China, the author delineates some of the principles needed for building a good family foundation.
Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China
Vol. 17, No. 2
2015 Summer Issue