John Craig William Keating's A Protestant Church in Communist China: Moore Memorial PDF

By John Craig William Keating

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 continues to be a hugely arguable factor. a lot scholarly awareness has been given to persecuted underground teams akin to Falungong, yet one zone that is still mostly unexplored is the connection among formally registered church buildings and the communist govt. This examine investigates the historical past of 1 such reputable church, Moore Memorial Church in Shanghai. This church used to be based through American Methodist missionaries. by the point of the 1949 revolution, it used to be the biggest Protestant church in East Asia, working seven day per week courses.

As a case learn of 1 person church, working from an historic (rather than theological) viewpoint, this examine 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 work out the overseas missionaries go away? have been humans compelled to signal the so-called “Christian manifesto”"? as soon as the church doorways have been closed in 1966, did worshippers cross underground? Why used to be this actual church specifically selected to be the 1st re-opened in Shanghai in 1979? What causes are there for its exceptional progress for the reason that then?

A enormous percentage of the information for this examine is drawn from chinese assets, together with interviews, own correspondence, records, inner church records and information, lots of that have by no means formerly been released or accessed via overseas researchers.

The major concentration of this examine is at the interval from 1949 to 1989, a interval within which the church skilled many ups and downs, regulations and barriers. The Mao period, particularly, continues to be one of many least understood and rarely written approximately sessions within the heritage of Christianity in China. This learn accordingly makes an important contribution to our evolving figuring out of the fragile balancing act among compromise, co-operation and compliance that categorises church-state relatives in smooth China.

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