The "Inscrutably Chinese" Church

The "Inscrutably Chinese" Church : How Narratives and Nationalism Continue to Divide Christianity

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The "Inscrutably Chinese" Church will move readers nearer to the Chinese Christian experience, help foreign readers to see more clearly how Chinese Christians view their government and themselves in relation to those ruling powers. It is the division between insider points of view and those from the outside to which the subtitle of this book refers, and this is a gap in understanding which this book attempts to more

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739139576
  • 9780739139578
  • 1,397,140

About Nathan Faries

Nathan Faries is associate professor of English at the University of more

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In this important book, Nathan Faries ranges widely through history, literature and contemporary politics, and performs a really valuable service in drawing our attention to many important literary works hitherto unknown to non-Chinese speakers. I hope this excellent book finds the broad audience it deserves. -- Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom The "Inscrutably Chinese" Church opens a window of opportunity for us to view Protestant churches in contemporary China through a different lens...This book will help all of us see more clearly the true face of the Chinese church, close some gaps caused by cultural miscommunication, draw together the perception of those inside and those outside China, and bring the 'inscrutably Chinese' church into clearer view. International Bulletin Of Missionary Research Nathan Faries' The "Inscrutably Chinese" Church: How Narratives and Nationalism Continue to Divide Christianity, provides a valuable guide to some of the current realities in the church life of China...His book is rich in illuminating detail, and it offers important correctives to typical characterizations by Western Christians with lesser experience and capability in spoken and written more

Table of contents

Part 1 I: Introductions Chapter 2 1: Introduction: "Inscruitably Chinese Narratives" Chapter 3 2: The "True Face" of the Chinese Church Part 4 II: The Tales Nations Tell Chapter 5 3: National Narratives from Outside China Chapter 6 4: National Narratives from Within China Part 7 III: Missionary Narratives Chapter 8 5: Missionary Stories from the Past Chapter 9 6: "Missionary" Stories from Contemporary China Part 10 IV: Chinese Christianity in American Literature Chapter 11 7: Literary Narratives from Before China's Reform Era Chapter 12 8: Foreign Travelers in the New China Chapter 13 9: Chinese-American Voices and Living White Makes Part 14 V: Christianity in Chinese Literature Chapter 15 10: Pre-Modern and Modern Literature Chapter 16 11: Reform Era Writers Test the Waters Chapter 17 12: Shi Tiesheng and Bei Cun Dive into the Deep End Part 18 VI: Conclusions Chapter 19 13: The Narratives of Chinese Christianity Chapter 20 14: Conclusion: Cause for Hope and Unresolved Tensionsshow more

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