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This chapter discusses the various themes of Chinese Christianity such as the Protestant movement in China, educational apostolates, 'faith' or 'divine' healing, and the effect of the Communist revolution on the growth of Christianity. The early Protestant missionaries recognised the importance of education to the creation of stable Christian communities in China. Some of the new conservative evangelical or fundamentalist denominations and associations relied on the power of prayer and the belief in 'divine healing'. The evolution of missionaries conception of the visual apostolate, by architecture, decoration, imagery, which had a significant place in their methods of propagation, reflects directly the ups and downs of the inculturation of the Christian message in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The chapter also talks about Chinese ethnic minorities, Christian art and architecture, and China's Missionary-scholars.

Keywords: China's Missionary-scholars; Chinese Christians; Chinese ethnic minorities; Christian education; Christian art; divine healing; Protestant movement

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