Spreading the Gospel: Christian Posters in Early 20th Century China

A Public Lecture

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on March 15, 2023 to reflect the fact that a livestream of the lecture will not be possible. However, a recording will be publicly available after the event.

Between 1919 and 1949, posters were the most common Christian visual imagery in China. They were printed by the millions and hung in tea rooms, on city walls, and on temple gates. Posters were put up in houses and churches; they were unfolded for street evangelism. They were extremely popular because they were aesthetically pleasing and symbolically rich, yet easy to understand. Unlike theological treatises written by Chinese theologians, these images were designed by laypeople and intended for popular consumption. In this lecture, Daryl Ireland of Boston University will showcase some of the 700 Chinese Protestant and Catholic posters he has located and explain why they are changing the way we think about Chinese Christianity.


Billy Graham Hall at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
500 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Wed, April 26 /7pm–8:30pm (CDT)

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide a live stream; however, a recording will be publicly available after the event. 

About Daryl Ireland 

Daryl Ireland is a Research Assistant Professor of Mission at Boston University, where he focuses on the history of Christianity in Asia, as well as the intersection of international development and faith. He is the author of John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man (2020). His book, Visions of Salvation: Chinese Christian Posters in an Age of Revolution will be published in April. 

We are grateful to Billy Graham Hall at Wheaton College for hosting this event and to Christianity Today for co-sponsoring.

Feel free to download the flyer and share with family and friends.

This event is part of our ongoing collaborative lecture series cohosted by ChinaSource, the US-China Catholic Association, and the China Academic Consortium.

Image credit: All images of Chinese Christian posters are courtesy of Chinese Christian Posters.
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