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13 Sino-Christian Theology: Treading a Fine Line between Self-Determination and Globalization

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This chapter explores 'Sino-Christian theology' as a phenomenon in its relation to the wider world, examining how broader struggles with identity are reflected in debates within Chinese theology. It explores the paradoxes of a movement which decries earlier nationalistic incarnations of Christianity in China, yet seemingly wants to use its methodology to critique and improve China; which insists on the Chinese language as its focus, yet challenges models of indigenization; which has invested much time and energy in translating Western Christian classics, yet wishes to slough these off and perceive the Christ event directly; which has been in constant battle with church-based theologians over definitions, yet receives funding from Hong Kong Christian organizations. He Guanghu's Renmin colleague Liu Xiaofeng is one of the most prolific of this generation of Sino-Christian thinkers, although he has since moved away from these debates and burrowed back into the classics.

Keywords: He Guanghu; Hong Kong Christian organizations; Liu Xiaofeng; Sino-Christian theology



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