Theology

Blog Entries

Examining Patterns in Chinese Religiosity

Reflecting on “Chinese Christianity in the Modern Era” (2)

Chinese religiosity’s orientation toward cultivating the goodness of human nature in the everyday, societal, and cosmic spheres of life can be found in the diverse threads that make up modern Chinese Christian movements.

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An Aesthetic Dance: When the Poet Haizi Meets with Jesus

It was a strong resonance with Haizi’s profound search for homecoming and the “violent extremeness” (冲击极限) of death that led me to walk again with this poet.... This time, however, the journey is alongside the path of Jesus on his way home in Luke’s gospel.

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A Lived Theology Approach to “Seeing” the Chinese Church

Reflecting on “Chinese Christianity in the Modern Era” (1)

To begin this reflective series based on the webinar, “Chinese Christianity in the Modern Era," we consider what it means to see the whole of the Chinese church and what theological lenses are needed to make sense of what we see.

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Rediscovering the Plot

Each... aspect of the Christian witness speaks to one facet of the totality of Christ’s kingdom reign. Each provides a complimentary narrative in the overall plot, which is the story of Christ at work in and through his witnesses on earth.

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The Search for Home: Resonances between Heaven and Earth

A Reflective Review of Xiaoli Yang’s A Dialogue Between Haizi’s Poetry and the Gospel of Luke

In her book, Yang engages the complexities of Haizi’s personal journey and poetic influences side by side with the life and teachings of Jesus in four parts under the themes of “roots,” “vision,” “journey,” and “arrival.”

Book Reviews

Theoretical Theology with Practical Application

A Book Review

Originally written in Dutch in the 1600s, this major work of Reformed theology combines theoretical theology with practical application and is presented with warm pastoral affection for the reader. It has been available in Chinese since 2013.

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When Your Friends Speak Another Language

A New Resource from China Academic Consortium

An Exploration of Christian Theology by Dr. Don Thorsen has been translated into Chinese and is now available.

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Theology in a Chinese Idiom

A Webinar on Reshaping the Conversation

Join us for a discussion of theology as an "idiomatic activity," expressing Christian thought in ways that are natural to a cultural native, looking specifically at key cultural material in Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.

Webinars

Christian Theology in a Chinese Idiom

A Webinar on Reshaping the Conversation

The Christian theological conversation spans two millennia. Recently, however, more and more scholars have begun to recognize that, in the words of Andrew Walls, "the theological agenda is cultural induced; and the cross-cultural diffusion of Christian faith invariably makes creative theological activity a necessity." What does that look like in practice? Doesn't that lead to syncretism? Can't we just teach a pure gospel?

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Rejection or Restoration?

“Confucian Shame in Christian Thinking,” recorded webinar now available.