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Religions 2017, 8(4), 50; doi:10.3390/rel8040050

Forming Christians through Musicking in China

Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, 75 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7, Canada
Academic Editor: Mark G. Toulouse
Received: 4 January 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 31 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christianity and China in the 21st Century)
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In recent years, authorities in mainland China have renewed their call for the sinicization of Christianity through theological discourse. Given that Christianity is largely expressed in visible, worship-based ways, such as music (songs), rhetoric (sermons), rituals (sacraments), symbols (crosses, garments, banners, etc.), posture and gesture (genuflecting, lifting hands, etc.), one wonders at the implication of this development. Might there be an alternative approach to sinicization? This essay seeks to investigate the feasibility of sinicized Christianity from the ontology of musicking as purveyed through the practice of congregational song. View Full-Text
Keywords: China; Asian; theology; worship; musicking; ideoscape; mediascape; congregational song; sinicization; contextualization China; Asian; theology; worship; musicking; ideoscape; mediascape; congregational song; sinicization; contextualization

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