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By John Craig William Keating

ISBN-10: 1611460905

ISBN-13: 9781611460902

Freedom of non secular trust is assured lower than the structure of the People’s Republic of China, however the measure to which this freedom is ready to be exercised continues to be a hugely arguable factor. a lot scholarly awareness has been given to persecuted underground teams similar to Falungong, yet one quarter that is still mostly unexplored is the connection among formally registered church buildings and the communist executive. This research investigates the heritage of 1 such professional church, Moore Memorial Church in Shanghai. This church was once based via American Methodist missionaries. by the point of the 1949 revolution, it was once the most important Protestant church in East Asia, operating seven day per week courses.

As a case examine of 1 person church, working from an old (rather than theological) point of view, this learn examines the adventure of individuals at this church opposed to the backdrop of the turbulent politics of the Mao and Deng eras. It asks and seeks to reply to questions comparable to: have been the folk on the church happy to work out the international missionaries depart? have been humans compelled to signal the so-called “Christian manifesto”"? as soon as the church doorways have been closed in 1966, did worshippers pass underground? Why used to be this actual church particularly selected to be the 1st re-opened in Shanghai in 1979? What causes are there for its extraordinary progress on account that then?

A substantial share of the information for this research is drawn from chinese assets, together with interviews, own correspondence, facts, inner church records and data, a lot of that have by no means formerly been released or accessed through overseas researchers.

The major concentration of this examine is at the interval from 1949 to 1989, a interval within which the church skilled many ups and downs, regulations and obstacles. The Mao period, specifically, continues to be one of many least understood and infrequently written approximately classes within the historical past of Christianity in China. This learn hence makes an important contribution to our evolving realizing of the fragile balancing act among compromise, co-operation and compliance that categorises church-state family in smooth China.

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