Christian Values in Communist China by Gerda Wielander

By Gerda Wielander

This publication argues that as new political and social values are shaped in post-socialist China, Christian values have gotten more and more embedded within the new post-socialist chinese language outlook. It indicates how even if Christianity is seen in China as a overseas faith, promoted through Christian missionaries and as such at odds with the legit place of the country, Christianity as a resource of social and political values - instead of a religion requiring adherence to a church is in truth having a huge effect. The publication indicates how those values tell either reliable and dissident ideology and supply a key underpinning of morality and ethics within the post-socialist ethical panorama. Adopting various various angles, the booklet investigates the position Christian proposal performs within the authentic discourse on morality and love and what contribution chinese language Christians make to charitable tasks. It analyses key Christian courses and dedicates chapters to Christian intellectuals and their effect on political liberal considering in China. The concluding bankruptcy highlights gender roles, the function of the chinese language diaspora, and the overlap of the govt and Christian time table in China this day. The e-book demanding situations ordinarily held perspectives on modern chinese language Christianity as a circulation against the country by means of displaying the variety and complexity of Christian considering and the numerous elements influencing it.

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It means that new premises have to be found on a regular basis, which always results in an (at least temporary) shrinking of the congregation as practical matters (like distance to the new location) impact on attendance. Since this survey was conducted, a small number of churches, notably Shouwang Church in Beijing and Early Rain Reformed Church in Chengdu, decided to make this issue public by meeting in public open spaces to highlight the disruption of their meeting points as a result of government interference with their leases.

Even those, who are older than 35, are often young Christians in the sense that their conversion occurred only in the last few years. The initial enthusiasm often wears off; hence continuity and sustainability are an important issue in church work. At the same time, those who have grown up with Christianity and have attended churches with their parents, are now uninterested and are leaving the faith behind, being lured by the pleasures and entertainment offered by the secular world. The disenchantment with and lack of interest in the faith is a key problem recognized among the churches, who are aware that they need to step up their attention to this particular generation.

The initial enthusiasm often wears off; hence continuity and sustainability are an important issue in church work. At the same time, those who have grown up with Christianity and have attended churches with their parents, are now uninterested and are leaving the faith behind, being lured by the pleasures and entertainment offered by the secular world. The disenchantment with and lack of interest in the faith is a key problem recognized among the churches, who are aware that they need to step up their attention to this particular generation.

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