Resources on Theology

Sep 6

I Was Wrong

A Retraction of My Criticism of Chloë Starr’s Chinese Theology

by G. Wright Doyle

A second look at Chinese Theology, an apology, and a way forward.

Aug 23

Chinese Theology: Text and Context

A Book Review

by G. Wright Doyle

Most books on Chinese Christianity try to trace its history, focusing on key people, events, and movements. While Chloë Starr does not neglect these, she highlights something that most historians neglect: the theology that arose from different contexts expressed the thought and struggles of influential leaders, and shaped the ways that Christians responded to their situation.

Aug 11

Western vs. Chinese Theology

by Tabor Laughlin

In the “Teaching across Cultures” class I took last month with Dr. Craig Ott, he had us read The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why by Richard Nisbett. The crux of the book’s argument is that Westerners and Asians think differently because of their different ancient roots. 

Jun 26

Toward an Urban Church Theology

by Brent Fulton

When I wrote China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot be Hidden, it was with the conviction that massive urbanization in China had significant implications for China’s church. The emergence of a new kind of church in the city was not merely an extension of the experience of China’s primarily rural house church movements or of churches affiliated with the TSPM. Rather, a fresh set of dynamics was impacting the development of China’s newly forming urban Christian communities.

The latest issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, with its theme of urban church theology, delves into these dynamics. Guest editors Mary Ma and LI Jin have pulled together an impressively well-rounded look at the increasingly complex urban church environment.

Jun 19

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 19, No. 2

by ChinaSource Team

Items requiring your intercession.

Jun 19

The City and the Church

Towards an Urban Theology in China

by Mary Ma

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 urban ministry. Dr. Ma provides some guidelines for forming an urban theology for ministry in urban China.

May 17

3 Questions: Honor, Shame, and the Gospel

by Brent Fulton

From the series 3 Questions

A ChinaSource 3 Questions interview with Werner Mischke, author of The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World and coordinator for “Honor, Shame and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message for 21st Century Ministry,” to be held June 19-21 in Wheaton, Illinois.

Jul 11, 2016

A Theology of Family for the Chinese Church

by LI Jin

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 the doctrine of the church, there is a scarcity of guidance on managing the family as well as its relationship to the church. Li Jin presents the doctrine of the Trinity as a foundation for a Christian family.

Feb 19, 2016

Thoughts on Theological Education for Chinese Believers

by Tabor Laughlin

Theological training for Chinese believers is needed; several types of training are available. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of training?

Sep 4, 2015

Working out a Chinese Public Theology

Three Preliminary Guidelines, Part 2

by Easten Law

From the series Working out a Chinese Public Theology

The second of two blogs that suggest and discuss three guidelines for developing a public theology for China today. 

Sep 2, 2015

Working out a Chinese Public Theology

Three Preliminary Guidelines

by Easten Law

The first of two blogs that suggest and discuss three guidelines for developing a public theology for China today. 

Aug 14, 2015

“Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China”

A Reformed Theologian Responds

by Bruce P. Baugus

Reformed theologian Bruce Baugus responds to the 2015 summer issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly, "Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China."

Jun 29, 2015

Toward a Chinese Theology

by Brent Fulton

In its journey toward a theology that is uniquely “Chinese” the Chinese church has at various times clashed with longstanding cultural and religious traditions, weathered and responded to severe domestic turmoil, and intersected with a range of theological influences from abroad.

Jun 26, 2015

Liberalism and China’s Churches

by Wei Zhou

After defining the term “liberalism,” the author introduces the liberal intellectuals, many of them city dwellers, who began joining churches and consequently have created tension between liberalism and Christian perspectives. He explores churches’ reactions to this tension and also discusses the attitude of anti-liberals toward Christianity.

Jun 26, 2015

Reformed Theology

A Christian Thought Movement to a Church Movement

by Paul Peng

Over the past forty years, reformed theology has become influential among Chinese Christians and, more recently, especially among mainland Chinese Christian intellectuals. This has resulted in reformed thought transitioning into a reformed church movement that is bringing about positive changes. At the same time, there are cautions to be observed within this movement.

Jun 26, 2015

Public Theology in China

Some Preliminary Reflections

by Promise Hsu

The persistent lack of open government in many areas of China makes it difficult for Christians to be very different from the general population. Yet, Christians in China are citizens of God’s eternal kingdom as well as citizens of China. However, as citizens of this world, they seem to have failed to live very profoundly as citizens of the eternal world. Can the tension between these two citizenships be resolved?

Jun 26, 2015

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 17, No. 2

by ChinaSource Team

Items that require your intercession.

Jun 26, 2015

Eschatology and China's Churches

by LI Jin

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 itself situated under communist ideology as any form of it appears to be a threat to the ideology of the government. The church in China must ask itself what biblical, orthodox eschatology is and how it can be preached.

Jun 26, 2015

Urban Churches in China

A Pentecostal Case Study

by Robert Menzies

An author has noted that societies being shaped by the forces of modernization and urbanization represent fertile ground for the seeds of Pentecostal revival. Menzies supports this claim in a case study that gives us the history and growth of the Li Xin Church, a large, Pentecostal house-church network.

Jan 21, 2015

Pentecostal Theology and the Chinese Church

by Robert Menzies

A look at the impact and continuing influence of Pentecostal theology in the Chinese church.

Mar 15, 2001

“Cultural Christians” and Chinese Theology

by Edwin Hui

Who are China's "Cultural Christians? Will they influence the theology of the Chinese church?

Mar 15, 2001

Into the Future

Ding’s Theology and China’s Church

by Danny Yu

Why one evangelical worker in China thinks the themes brought out in Bishop Ding's book Love Never Ends deserve serious consideration by those who are concerned about the state of Christianity in China.

Mar 15, 2001

Theology Or Theologies?

by Jim Nickel

How does the diversity of China's ethnic population affect the development of Chinese theology?

Mar 15, 2001

Converging Agendas

Religion, Socialism, and Theological Construction

by Huo Shui

At first glance the theological debate occurring within China’s official church may appear to be primarily a matter of disagreement over doctrine. However, as with most everything in China, there is also a political side to be considered. It is important to understand this political angle in order to keep the theological debate—and its effect upon the church—in proper perspective.

Mar 15, 2001

Is the Chinese Church Chinese Enough?

The Search for a More Chinese Theology

by Alex Buchan

Is the Chinese church really just a Western church underneath, with its theology, hymnology, and ecclesiology borrowed from abroad? Is there a Chinese theology?  Has Christianity taken a truly indigenous form in China today? Is the Chinese church Chinese enough?