Resources on Church and Culture
Seeking Asian Values
In 1997 when China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong were grappling with what it meant to be Chinese of China, conversations often referred to Asian values. For over a hundred years, Hong Kong had been ruled and influenced by Western values, some referred to...
Confucius and Christ: Conflict, Compromise or Communication
Vol. 16, No. 1
The Christian Faith in Chinese Culture
A Book Review
Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ by Ralph R. Covell and Confronting Confucian Understandings of the Christian Doctrine of Salvation: A Systematic Theological Analysis of the Basic Problems in the Confucian-Christian Dialogue by Paulos Huang Reviewed by G. Wright Doyle Covell traces the history of the gospel in...
A Conversation: Folk Customs or Pagan Customs?
I recently ran across a post called "Pagan Practice in China's Shanxi Province," which included some intriguing photos of traditional customs.
Same Same, But Different: Postmodernism in China
When shopping in street markets in Asia, I'd often hear the reply, "Same same, but different." The one item was the same as the other but somehow different. Maybe they didn't have the one I wanted but this other item would be just as good. Same thing but different. The...
Serving the Postmodern Generation
Having worked with Chinese students from overseas who are studying in North America, the author poses the question of how North American Chinese churches should modify their strategies in order to reach these students. After detailing some of the characteristics of postmodern students, he draws from his experience to explain...
The Postmodern Shift of Chinese Young People
The author looks at the postmodern shift in China as he has observed it and from a very practical point of view. He goes on to give examples of how this shift affects education, employment and daily living within the nation.
Urge for Faith
Postmodern Beliefs among Urban Chinese
Historical events following Mao's death left an ideological vacuum in China. This has created a strong need for faith, even an urge, so as to avoid the risk of further social disruption and political instability. While postmodernism, with its relativity and lack of absolutes, is trying to fill this void,...
The author provides a brief look at the history of postmodernism.
Postmodernism and Its Effects on China
An explanation of the rapid infiltration and rise of postmodernism in China is followed by a look at postmodernism's multifaceted effects on the nation. Postmodern trends in modern society, its challenges to traditional values and the infiltration of New Age and postmodern spirituality are discussed.
Measures, Counter-measures, and Filial Piety
The Chinese have a saying: "shang you zhengce, xia you duice." A fairly literal translation is "the top adopts measures and the bottom adopts counter-measures. A more colloquial way of putting it is "the leaders make the policies and the people find a way around them."
Chinese Church Voices
What to Say During Spring Festival
In this article, published in January 2012 on the Mainland website Gospel Times, the author considers ways that believers can share with their family members during the traditional Chinese New Year Festival.
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Chinese Culture: Continuity or Discontinuity?" (ChinaSource, 2010 Spring).
Chinese Culture: Continuity or Discontinuity?
Vol. 12, No. 1
2010 Spring Issue
China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society
China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society by Peter Xiaoming Yu and G. Wright Doyle. Reviewed by Tricia Bølle
The Coming Third Anti-Christian Movement?
Learning from Modern Chinese Intellectuals
China has always been an anomaly. She is open to the gospel, she is resistant to the gospel. She is hungry for things modern and Western, she is stubbornly proud of things traditional and Chinese. How do we make sense of all this? More importantly, how do we gauge the...
The Gospel, Philosophy, and Chinese Culture
Some Helpful Resources
A selection of books that provide an in-depth look at the relationships between the gospel, philosophy and Chinese culture.