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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese

China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese
How to understand sinicization and where it falls between sinister oversight and needed contextualization for Chinese churches.
Kerry Schottelkorb and Joann Pittman
The headlines out of China last week sounded ominous. In strident language not heard in a long time, the head of China’s Protestant church gave a speech supporting the government’s policy of reducing Western influence on religion and making it “more Chinese,” a process dubbed sinicization in English.
Is the move a step toward tighter government control, an opportunity to further indigenize and contextualize the faith, or perhaps both? As with most things in China, the answer ...
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