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By John Craig William Keating

ISBN-10: 1611460905

ISBN-13: 9781611460902

Freedom of non secular trust is assured below the structure of the People’s Republic of China, however the measure to which this freedom is ready to be exercised is still a hugely debatable factor. a lot scholarly awareness has been given to persecuted underground teams akin to Falungong, yet one zone that continues to be mostly unexplored is the connection among formally registered church buildings and the communist executive. This examine investigates the background of 1 such reputable 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 biggest Protestant church in East Asia, operating seven day per week courses.

As a case learn of 1 person church, working from an ancient (rather than theological) viewpoint, this research examines the event 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 reminiscent of: have been the folks on the church happy to determine the overseas 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 specifically selected to be the 1st re-opened in Shanghai in 1979? What motives are there for its extra special development on the grounds that then?

A massive share of the information for this learn is drawn from chinese resources, together with interviews, own correspondence, facts, inner church files and data, a lot of that have by no means formerly been released or accessed by means of international researchers.

The major concentration of this learn is at the interval from 1949 to 1989, a interval during which the church skilled many ups and downs, regulations and barriers. The Mao period, specifically, is still one of many least understood and rarely written approximately sessions within the heritage of Christianity in China. This examine as a result 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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