Special Issue "New Developments in Christianity in China"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2019) | Viewed by 16509
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Christianity’s rapid expansion in China in recent years has attracted much attention from scholars, the general public, Chinese policymakers, local and international media, foreign Christian groups and governments. This is partly because the practice of Christianity in China has profound implications that very often spill out of the “religious” domain. Debates, contestations and negotiations have proceeded on issues such as the divide between “official” and “unofficial” churches; the affinity between Christianity and Chinese culture; whether China is becoming Christianized (and over the exact number of Christians); the influence of foreign Christian groups; and the role of Christianity in international politics. Further, the close ties between some Christian groups in China and those based overseas (such as American and South Korean Christian organizations actively cultivating ties in China), and the Chinese Catholics’ complicated relationship with the Vatican, have contributed to the party-state’s intense suspicion over foreign interference in the country’s religious and political affairs.
Meanwhile, many Christian groups throughout the country are harnessing the tremendous power of new media such as the internet and mobile apps to share religious messages, participate in rituals, access information, create online communities, and to evangelize. As communications infrastructure continues to improve across China and with the country’s deepening linkages with the rest of the world, Chinese Christian networks are spreading both within and outside the country. These networks link and criss-cross at multiple scales and localities in China as well as deepen interactions with overseas Chinese Christians and global Christianity. Chinese Christians have also begun exerting their influence outside China through activities such proselytism, charity work, and development projects. We invite scholars to submit paper proposals that examine the above and other issues. Topics may include, but not limited to, the following:
- Chinese Christian missions overseas
- Gender and sexuality
- Diaspora Chinese Christianity and its interaction with China
- International and cross-straits relations
- Internet and social media
- Work and workplace
- Health and wellbeing
- Development and ecology
- Social justice
- Popular culture
- Cultural identity
Prof. Dr. Francis Khek Gee Lim
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