THL346 History of Christianity in China (8)

This subject will discuss critically the contextualization of Christianity in China. Historically and theologically acceptable definitions of contextualization, accommodation, indigenization and enculturation will be considered, together with key movements and figures involved in the contextualization of Christianity in China. Christian texts, music, art and literature will be examined from differing critical perspectives and interpretations. Within the broader history of Christianity in China, this subject will emphasize three key figures from the twentieth century: the theologian T. C. Chao; the activist Christian leader Y. T. Wu; and the church leader Bishop K. H. Ting. Other important figures will be introduced by way of comparison and contrast. Each figure will be closely examined based on his own writings in dialogue with the times. The emphasis throughout this subject is on social and intellectual history, and its interpretation for today.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate systematic knowledge of and critical engagement with the history of Christianity in China;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the contextualization process and its relevance for the Church today;
  • be able to demonstrate creativity in the critical application of historical and theological sources for the contextualization of Christianity in China;
  • be able to demonstrate intellectual flexibility in the analysis and critique of Chinese Christian institutions and theological ideas, individuals and communities, in relationship to Chinese social, cultural and intellectual history;
  • be able to demonstrate the relevance of the history of Christianity in China to theological understanding and contextualization in the Church today; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided and collaborative learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills relevant to history as a discipline.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • An Overview of the History of Christianity in China
  • Christianity in Modern China, 1807-1911
  • Christianity in Modern China, 1911-1996
  • The Early Thought of T. C. Chao
  • T. C. Chao's Poems and Hymns
  • The Mature Thought of T. C. Chao
  • The Life and Work of Y. T. Wu
  • Y. T. Wu in the Late 1930s and 1940s
  • Y. T. Wu after 1949
  • The Thought and Work of K. H. Ting
  • K. H. Ting in the Period of Reform
  • The Legacy of Bishop K. H. Ting


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.