A New History of Christianity in China  -     By: Daniel H. Bays
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A New History of Christianity in China

Wiley-Blackwell / 2011 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 1405159545
ISBN-13: 9781405159548
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Series: Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity

Author Bio

Daniel H. Bays is currently Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Calvin College in Michigan. Previously he taught at the University of Kansas for 30 years. He is the author of several books on Chinese Christian history.

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“A highly readable and up-to-date introduction to thehistory of Christianity in China by a long-term expert in the field… [and] very enjoyable to read. It is highly recommended notonly for students and scholars in the field of World Christianity,but also in the wider field of religion in China.” (Journal of Chinese Religions, 1 May 2013)

“This compact volume presents a survey of the history ofChristianity in China from the seventh century to thepresent.”  (The American Historical Review, 4April 2014)

"Readability is one of the key strengths of this title, openingup the complexities of inculturation, missionary competition,centre versus periphery, and well as the changing nature of thedominant state policies governing Christianity to an audience whichwould otherwise have shined away from the topic. . . Daniel Baysshould furthermore be congratulated because his New History shinesa bright light into the complexities and secrets of contemporaryChristianity in China.”  (The Journal of The Bulletinof the School of Oriental & African Studies, 1 August2013)

“Given the scope and the complexity of the history ofChristianity in China, the book is remarkably wellorganized.”  (China Review International, 1 April2013)

“This succinctly written, groundbreaking work will nodoubt become required reading for undergraduate and graduatestudents of world history and religiousstudies.” (The Journal of Asian Studies, 1September 2013)

“These praiseworthy books from Bays and Phan will enhancetheir readers’ understanding of the manifold Christianitiesof China and Asia as well as of the global history of east-westrelations.” (Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1January 2013)

“This is an excellent text for both undergraduate classesand more advanced scholars of the subject, and even the well-readscholar of Chinese Christianity will find here helpful reminders, adriving narrative line, and Bays’ confident, collegial voiceguiding them toward future research on topics that could not fitfully into this concise volume.” (Social Sciences andMissions 25, 2012)

“Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.”(Choice, 1 April 2012)

“Daniel Bays succeeds in bringing the story ofChristianity to scholars and readers in terested in China and thestory of China to Christians and others fascinated by globalChristianity.” (EMQ, 2012)

"A New History of Christianity of China provides an expert overviewand reinterpretation of a complex and often-confusing subject."(Asian Review, 26 February 2012)

"Given the scholarly quality and historical timeliness of Bays'swork, A New History of Christianity in China is an invaluableresource for any student of Chinese Christianity or any missionarydesiring to serve the church there." (Themelios, 2011)

“I've really learned a lot from A New History ofChristianity in China … Bays is one of the leading scholarsin the field and gives us an accessible, compact book … Thisis a riveting history and Bays tells it fairly andevenly.”—Asia Blog (http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia)
“[Bays] offers a comprehensive narrative that covers thewaterfront, from Tibet and Mongolia in the west and north toBeijing and Macao in the east and south; from the Apostle Thomas inthe church’s very first generation to Bishop K. H. Ting inour own time; with discussion not just of abstract theological andecclesiological debates but also of pragmatic political andcultural considerations … He focuses not so much on the wordsand deeds of authority figures but, as much as the data permits, onthe daily experience of China’s Christian masses … Thisbook has my highest recommendation. It belongs in the library ofevery seminary and on the syllabus of every course on Asian churchhistory.” (Journal of Asian Mission)“A concise and accessible overview as well as aconvincing reinterpretation of the often tortuous transition ofChristianity from a foreign creed to an indigenized andacculturated faith in a non-Western society … While recentacademic research has focused almost exclusively on prominentChinese church leaders, the lives, beliefs, experiences, andattitudes of ordinary Christians have been sadly neglected. DanielBays is, therefore, to be congratulated for having devotedconsiderable space to Chinese indigenous churches, especially thosewith Pentecostal characteristics, notably the True Jesus Church andthe Jesus Family … This succinctly written, groundbreakingwork will no doubt become required reading for undergraduate andgraduate students of world history and religious studies.”(The Journal of Asian Studies)

“It condenses a lifetime of profound engagement withChinese Christianity—along with insights from the mostsignificant scholarship in the field during the past severaldecades—into a single definitive volume. What he provides isnot only the most complete coverage of Chinese Christianity todate, but also a new and convincing framework for understandingChristianity as a religion of the Chinese people. Its lucid,concise, and direct prose also makes it a pleasure to read.”(China Review International)

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