A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the 20th century, and charts its future direction.
Provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history
Traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion
Contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics.
Offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today
Contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging.
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Great book, unbearable to listen to
Daniel Bays did a great job in providing a continuous narrative to the story of the Christian church in China. I did not realize the different streams had affected China at various points in history, and it is interesting to note how big a part the Christian church played in China at times, and then how it seemed to be snuffed out at others.
I have not read such a comprehensive book on this specific topic, and I suppose I am not enough of a history buff to say I look for this kind of narrative in other cultures.
Although her English was expressive and easy to follow, her Chinese names and proper nouns were truly horrible. Even common Chinese places and names were made so unrecognizable when she pronounced them, it was really unbearable. I have had this experience with many English-read Chinese audiobooks, and you really should get someone who knows Chinese and at least do a voiceover for the Chinese words. I had to get the written copy as well, because there was no way I could get all the facts and names from hearing her read.
Not to be read in one sitting unless you are already a master at this topic. For me it was a lot of new information that I wanted to digest slowly.
Great job by the author.
- Carolyn Iga
very informative and interesting
- Susan Morgan