Resources on Theology
A Christian Thought Movement to a Church Movement
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...
Theological Reflections on Urban Churches in China
Vol. 17, No. 2
2015 Summer Issue
Public Theology in China
Some Preliminary Reflections
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...
Eschatology and China's Churches
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...
Urban Churches in China
A Pentecostal Case Study
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....
Liberalism and China’s Churches
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.
Pentecostal Theology and the Chinese Church
A look at the impact and continuing influence of Pentecostal theology in the Chinese church.
“Cultural Christians” and Chinese Theology
Who are China's "Cultural Christians? Will they influence the theology of the Chinese church?
Into the Future
Ding’s Theology and China’s Church
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.
Theology Or Theologies?
How does the diversity of China's ethnic population affect the development of Chinese theology?
Religion, Socialism, and Theological Construction
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...
Is the Chinese Church Chinese Enough?
The Search for a More Chinese Theology
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?