Surviving the State Remaking the Church

Surviving the State  Remaking the Church

This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532634611

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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This sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by ripples of social change. China's change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, or from an agrarian society to an urbanizing society, are admittedly significant phenomena worthy of scholarly attention, but real changes are about values and beliefs that give rise to social structures over time. The growth of Christianity has become interwoven with the disintegration or emergence of Chinese cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and commercial values. Relying mainly on an oral history method for data collection, the authors allow the narratives of Chinese Christians to speak for themselves. Identifying the formative cultural elements, a sociohistorical analysis also helps to lay out a coherent understanding of the complexity of religious experiences for Christians in the Chinese world. This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.
Categories: Religion

Religious Entrepreneurism in China s Urban House Churches

Religious Entrepreneurism in China   s Urban House Churches

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in ...

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000227925

Category: Religion

Page: 242

View: 780

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in China through local institution-building and global public image management. It unravels the social processes of how this Christian community with a public image of defending religious freedom in China was undermined by an internal loss of moral authority. Based on publicly available texts from Chinese social media that aren’t readily available in the West as well as in-depth interviews, it is framed by existing scholarship in social theories of the public sphere, charismatic domination in social transition, and the role of power in organizational behaviour. These churches’ stories show how Christianity, which has long been politically marginalized in communist China, has not only adapted and challenged the socio-political status quo, but how it was also ironically shaped by the political culture. This is an insightful and critical ethnographic study of one of modern China’s most famous house churches. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion in China as well as those working in Religious Studies, Asian studies, Chinese studies, and Mission Studies more generally.
Categories: Religion

Christianity Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China

Christianity  Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China

This book writes Protestant Chinese women into the history of twenty-first-century China.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030318024

Category: History

Page: 205

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Women make up the vast majority of Protestant Christians in China—a largely faceless majority, as their stories too often go untold in scholarly research as well as popular media. This book writes Protestant Chinese women into the history of twenty-first-century China. It features the oral histories of over a dozen women, highlighting themes of spiritual transformation, politicized culture, social mobility, urbanization, and family life. Each subject narrates not only her own story, but that of her mother, as well, revealing a deeply personal dimension to the dramatic social change that has occurred in a matter of decades. By uncovering the stories of Christian women in China, Li Ma offers a unique window onto the interactions between femininity and Christianity, and onto the socioeconomic upheavals that mark recent Chinese history.
Categories: History

Surviving the State Remaking the Church

Surviving the State  Remaking the Church

As a result, church leaders adopt a conflict perspective on the church-state relationship. Since leadership structures remain arbitrary and hierarchical, ...

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532634604

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 319

Selected as one of Ten Outstanding Books of 2017 for Mission Studies by the International Bulletin of Mission Research This sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by ripples of social change. China’s change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, or from an agrarian society to an urbanizing society, are admittedly significant phenomena worthy of scholarly attention, but real changes are about values and beliefs that give rise to social structures over time. The growth of Christianity has become interwoven with the disintegration or emergence of Chinese cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and commercial values. Relying mainly on an oral history method for data collection, the authors allow the narratives of Chinese Christians to speak for themselves. Identifying the formative cultural elements, a sociohistorical analysis also helps to lay out a coherent understanding of the complexity of religious experiences for Christians in the Chinese world. This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.
Categories: Religion

Religious Entrepreneurism in China s Urban House Churches

Religious Entrepreneurism in China s Urban House Churches

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in ...

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429273614

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

View: 720

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in China through local institution-building and global public image management. It unravels the social processes of how this Christian community with a public image of defending religious freedom in China was undermined by an internal loss of moral authority. Based on publicly available texts from Chinese social media that aren't readily available in the West as well as in-depth interviews, it is framed by existing scholarship in social theories of the public sphere, charismatic domination in social transition, and the role of power in organizational behaviour. These churches' stories show how Christianity, which has long been politically marginalized in communist China, has not only adapted and challenged the socio-political status quo, but how it was also ironically shaped by the political culture. This is an insightful and critical ethnographic study of one of modern China's most famous house churches. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion in China as well as those working in Religious Studies, Asian studies, Chinese studies, and Mission Studies more generally.
Categories: Political Science

China s Harvest Fields

China   s Harvest Fields

Once the evangelists, church planters, and entrepreneurs responsible for new urban ministry ... Ma and Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church, 50–60.

Author: Tabor Laughlin

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725260900

Category: Religion

Page: 164

View: 329

This book is about specific ministry needs or opportunities in China. It is perfect for missionaries who are serving or will serve in China to read, to get a better idea for ministry opportunities within China. Additionally, the chapters are very relevant for Chinese believers in house churches in China. Though house churches in China have spread across China and matured over recent decades, this book focuses on multi-faceted ways that house churches in China can continue to mature in their faithfulness to the gospel. This book has multiple authors, each of which is writing a chapter relating to their expertise. A chapter in this book written by author John Ensor is about doing ministry through anti-abortion pregnancy help clinics in China. Another chapter in this book, written by Elisabeth Kim, is about doing ministry through working in large corporations in China. These are just some examples of profound and practical chapters that are written by the authors of this book about ministry opportunities in China. Some of the authors in this book are mission professors in the US. Some are missionaries with various platforms and ministries in China.
Categories: Religion

Eric Voegelin s Asian Political Thought

Eric Voegelin s Asian Political Thought

... with Li Ma, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait ... Li Ma is a research fellow at the Henry Institute of Christianity and ...

Author: Lee Trepanier

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781498598620

Category:

Page: 232

View: 620

Eric Voegelin's Asian Political Thought brings together scholars from both Asia and the West to reflect upon the political philosopher's thought about China, Japan, Korea, Central Asia, and India, showing how Voegelin's approach can illuminate the region but also what are the possibilities that Asia offers in the twentieth-first century.
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Citizens of Two Kingdoms Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

Citizens of Two Kingdoms  Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

... of Christianity portends in terms of civil society development and state- ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of ...

Author: Shun-hing Chan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004459373

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 298

This book examines the complex relationships of civil society and Christianity in Greater China. Different authors investigate to what extent Christians demonstrate the quality of civic virtues and reflect on the difficulties of applying civil society theories to Chinese societies.
Categories: Religion

Babel Church

Babel Church

London: Routledge, 2019. Ma, Li, and Jin Li. Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725268623

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Assisted by a diverse mass media industry, American evangelicalism has been long plagued by consumerism, entrepreneurism, and social engineering. Churches and movements that carry the name of Christ have become projects of ambition and scandals in the public eye. Without fixing its dysfunctions, these ministry models have expanded to other parts of the world, reaping similar fruits of corruption, prejudice, and abuses. The alarm call of #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements since 2017 made it more urgent for the global body of Christ to inspect its pathological patterns. What kind of response does the #MeToo movement require of our public theology and leadership ethics? Sociologist Li Ma invites us to re-engage with biblical exegesis while being attentive to new mandates of God revealed from #MeToo. A creative Ellulian integration of sociological analysis and theology, Babel Church incisively reveals why American evangelicalism and its global projects have succumbed to the temptations of worldly power at the expense of vulnerable members in the body of Christ.
Categories: Religion

The Registered Church in China

The Registered Church in China

... The Rushing on of the Purposes of God: Christian Missions in Shanxi since 1876 Li Ma & Jin Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological ...

Author: Wayne Ten Harmsel

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725286221

Category: Religion

Page: 146

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In The Registered Church in China, Wayne Ten Harmsel pulls back for Western readers the shroud of mystery surrounding Chinese registered churches. Through interviews with Chinese pastors, evangelists, and lay Christians, he provides a rare view of what it means to live in the shadow of both the government and the well-known house churches. Registered churches have received criticism from both of these sources, as well as from many churches in other countries, particularly the United States. Ten Harmsel examines the charges leveled against registered churches and presents a balanced picture of the complexity of the church situation in China. (Such complexity arises, for instance, in the registered churches' struggle to respond to new religious regulations and the controversy over Sinicization.) China has become a major center of twenty-first-century Christianity, and, despite how little is known about registered churches in the West, these congregations play a significant role in shaping Chinese Christianity today.
Categories: Religion

Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom

Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene: Pickwick Publications. Mariani, Paul P. 2011.

Author: Paul Middleton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119100041

Category: Religion

Page: 560

View: 139

A unique, wide-ranging volume exploring the historical, religious, cultural, political, and social aspects of Christian martyrdom Although a well-studied and researched topic in early Christianity, martyrdom had become a relatively neglected subject of scholarship by the latter half of the 20th century. However, in the years following the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, the study of martyrdom has experienced a remarkable resurgence. Heightened cultural, religious, and political debates about Islamic martyrdom have, in a large part, prompted increased interest in the role of martyrdom in the Christian tradition. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom is a comprehensive examination of the phenomenon from its beginnings to its role in the present day. This timely volume presents essays written by 30 prominent scholars that explore the fundamental concepts, key questions, and contemporary debates surrounding martyrdom in Christianity. Broad in scope, this volume explores topics ranging from the origins, influences, and theology of martyrdom in the early church, with particular emphasis placed on the Martyr Acts, to contemporary issues of gender, identity construction, and the place of martyrdom in the modern church. Essays address the role of martyrdom after the establishment of Christendom, especially its crucial contribution during and after the Reformation period in the development of Christian and European national-building, as well as its role in forming Christian identities in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This important contribution to Christian scholarship: Offers the first comprehensive reference work to examine the topic of martyrdom throughout Christian history Includes an exploration of martyrdom and its links to traditions in Judaism and Islam Covers extensive geographical zones, time periods, and perspectives Provides topical commentary on Islamic martyrdom and its parallels to the Christian church Discusses hotly debated topics such as the extent of the Roman persecution of early Christians The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of religious studies, theology, and Christian history, as well as readers with interest in the topic of Christian martyrdom.
Categories: Religion

China Coup

China Coup

Li Ma and Jin Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, ...

Author: Roger Garside

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780520380974

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 110

"Before the next National Congress of the Communist Party of China, due in November 2022, President Xi Jinping will be removed from office by a coup d'âetat mounted by rivals in the top leadership who will end the tyranny of the one-party dictatorship and launch a transition to democracy and the rule of law. The main body of this book, Part 2, explains why it will happen. Parts 1 and 3 tell how it may happen"--
Categories: History

Christianity and Social Engagement in China

Christianity and Social Engagement in China

Surviving the state, remaking the church: A sociological portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. Ma, Q. 2006.

Author: Francis K.G. Lim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000297393

Category: Social Science

Page: 134

View: 368

How does Christianity continue to experience growth in an increasingly authoritarian political system that enforces strict regulations on religion? How are ordinary Christians affected by social and political changes in the country, and how do they make their influence felt in wider society? Taking Chinese Christians’ experience as a case study, Lim and Sng examine the possibilities and limitations of Christian engagement in society under an authoritarian regime. They look especially at efforts by religious individuals and groups who are seeking to address social issues by engaging in unobtrusive and non-antagonistic activities that interact with controlling state institutions. Their emphasis is on everyday lived religion, analysing how Christians express their faith in their everyday activity and not only in spaces demarcated as falling within the religious domain. This book is a valuable reference for scholars and students looking to understand religion in relation to politics, culture and everyday life in rapidly modernising East Asian societies and particularly in China.
Categories: Social Science

The Translation of the Bible into Chinese

The Translation of the Bible into Chinese

... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and Robert Banks, Through the Valley of ...

Author: Ann Cui'an Peng

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532675669

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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The first full-length monograph on the history of the translation of the Bible into Chinese, this book tells a fascinating story beginning with Western missionaries working closely with Chinese assistants. They struggled for one hundred years to produce a version that would meet the needs of a growing Chinese church, succeeding in 1919 with publication of the Chinese Union Version (CUV). Celebrating the CUV’s centennial, this volume explores the uniqueness and contemporary challenges in the context of the history of Chinese Bible translation, a topic that is attracting more and more attention. Peng’s experiences give her a unique perspective and several advantages in conducting this research. Like the majority of readers of the CUV, she grew up in mainland China. When Chinese Christians went through severe political and economic ordeals, she was there to witness the CUV comforting those who were suffering under persecution. She has participated in Chinese Bible revision under the United Bible Societies. She was also director of the Commission on Bible Publication at the China Christian Council and chief editor of the CUV concise annotated version (1998).
Categories: Religion

The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor International Edition

The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor  International Edition

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Studies in Chinese Christianity.

Author: Paul M. Gould

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532692864

Category: Education

Page: 142

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The outrageous idea of this book is that God wants to use professors as professors to reach others, transform the academy, and meet the needs of the world. God is on a mission to redeem and restore this fallen world, and as members of one of the most influential institutions in society, Christian professors in the university play an import- ant role in that mission. Becoming a missional professor will require a clear vision of God's heart for the lost as well as humankind's purpose and calling under the banner of Christ, an understanding of the significance of the university as a cultural shaping in- stitution and mission field, and a desire for Christian wholeness in a fragmented world. This idea is outrageous because many Christian professors struggle to live missionally and need a clear vision of such a life as well as role models to lead the way. Many pro- fessors already living missional lives need encouragement to "excel still more" (1 Thess 4:10). We all need God's grace and mercy as we try to faithfully follow Christ within the university. Paul M. Gould (PhD. Purdue University) teaches philosophy and apologetics at Oklahoma Baptist University and is the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute. D. Keith Campbell (PhD. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Global Partnerships Vice President at Global Scholars. Li Ma (PhD. Cornell University) is Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College. Omar Montero (PhD. Candidate, University of Buenos Aires) is Associate Professor and Researcher for Undergraduates and Postgraduates in the Architectural and Design Department at the University of Buenos Aires. Granville W. Pillar (PhD. University of Newcastle) is Associate Professor of Philology at Ferenc Rákóczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian Institute, Ukraine. Osam Edim Temple (PhD. University of Ibadan) is former Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Nigeria and Special Advisor to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. Bee-Lan C. Wang (PhD. University of Chicago) taught at the Science University of Malaysia, Northern Illinois University, and Wheaton College (Illinois).
Categories: Education

They Shall See His Face

They Shall See His Face

Studies in Chinese Christianity G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in ...

Author: Linda Banks

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725284142

Category: Religion

Page: 138

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Amy Oxley Wilkinson was a well-known missionary in both China and the West in the early twentieth century. Initially setting up a mission station in a remote area of Fujian Province, she became aware of the way blind children were neglected, hidden, or abandoned in China at the time. After finding a blind boy left to die in a ditch, she established an innovative Blind Boys School in Fuzhou. Meanwhile her husband, Dr. George Wilkinson, set up the city's first hospital and introduced a program to address the pervasive curse of opium addiction. Amy's holistic and vocational approach to disability education brought her national and later international recognition. In 1920, the president of the new Chinese republic awarded her the Order of the Golden Grain, the highest honor a foreigner could receive. Two years later, Amy and the school's brass band toured England and performed before Queen Mary. Amy's story highlights the significance of contributions by women missionaries to the development of early modern China, and is a challenge to anyone committed to making their life count for others. Her Blind School remains a major institution in Fuzhou to this day.
Categories: Religion

The Chinese Exodus

The Chinese Exodus

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017. ———.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532645976

Category: Religion

Page: 150

View: 698

This book offers a sociological analysis as well as a theological discussion of China’s internal migration since the marketization reform in 1978. It documents the social and political processes that encompass the experiences of internal migrants from the countryside to the city during China’s integration into the global economy. Informed by sociological analysis and narratives of the urban poor, this volume reconstructs the political, economic, social and spiritual dimensions of this urban underclass in China who made up the economic backbone of the Asian superpower.
Categories: Religion

The Good the Bad and the Beautiful

The Good  the Bad  and the Beautiful

... Calvin College, Author of Surviving the State, Remaking the Church “Doyle deals with the specifics that need attention for all our marriages, ...

Author: Wright Doyle

Publisher: Light Messages Publishing

ISBN: 9781611532920

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 146

View: 111

Obstacles and challenges are a normal part of married life. Here’s how you get through them. This book will lead you to understand what happens when two people tie the proverbial knot. The trials and obstacles that inevitably follow are nothing unusual—how they are handled is what helps distinguish a successful marriage from an unsuccessful one. Specific advice about handling finances, keeping house, sexual relations, bringing up children, and other very important matters will not be found here. Instead, The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful focuses on the relationship between husband and wife, for from this flows the motivation, energy, and wisdom to deal with the problems and challenges facing married couples. Unless you make this relationship your main concern, all your efforts in other areas of married life will be out of balance and ultimately unsuccessful. If you are seeking a successful and fulfilling marriage, or the restoration of a failing one, you will find meaning and hope in the joys of learning and practicing God's blessed plan for husband and wife.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Catholic Modern

Catholic Modern

The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church James Chappel ... in The French Welfare State: Surviving Social and Ideological Change, ed.

Author: James Chappel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674972100

Category: History

Page: 352

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Catholic antimodern, 1920-1929 -- Anti-communism and paternal Catholicism, 1929-1944 -- Anti-fascism and fraternal Catholicism, 1929-1944 -- Rebuilding Christian Europe, 1944-1950 -- Christian democracy and Catholic innovation in the long 1950s -- The return of heresy in the global 1960s
Categories: History

Making and Remaking Pennsylvania s Civil War

Making and Remaking Pennsylvania s Civil War

... built at Philadelphia, as the ship of state, now buffeted by the winds of war and in danger ... One surviving photograph does show Bierstadt's canvas, ...

Author: William Blair

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271039732

Category: History

Page:

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Categories: History