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Global Christianity and Local Contexts: the Case of K.H. Ting and the Three-Self Church in China

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‘Local Contexts’ is the qualifier of ‘Global Christianity’ as ‘the global must become localized’ in the process of globalization of Christianity. The case of Bishop Ting, together with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the National Christian Council in China will be studied for illustration. Ting was well aware of his socio-political realities and his mission to work out ways to keep alive Christian faith in the Communist state of China. He was committed to serve the Church and the Christians in China and to work out ‘Christianity with Chinese socialist characteristics’. It was found that Chinese Christianity must fulfil its bi-characteristic functions, namely the ‘Chinese’ and ‘Christian’ functions. Regarding the mission of Chinese theology, Chinese theologians must address to the socio-political and cultural contexts, to the needs of Chinese Christians, as well as to bear witness to the Christian faith within the living contexts of the Church in China.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Email:


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