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Global China Center provides in-depth analysis and provocative commentary on issues relating to Chinese history & culture, Chinese society & politics, and Christianity in China. (184 entries)

Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity - Part One

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle March 14, 2018
Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity breaks new ground in our understanding of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity among Chinese around the world. It also provides valuable information and insight about large elements of Chinese Christianity that are not, strictly speaking, “Pentecostal” or even “Charismatic.”

How History Haunts Us

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle February 24, 2018
Who said history wasn’t relevant? Though at first glance a biography of a largely-discredited independent German missionary who was born almost two centuries ago might seem to have little to do with our current situation, Jessie Lutz’ masterful narrative and analysis of the life and times of Karl Gutzlaff provokes the question, Has anything changed?

I Stand With Christ

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle January 8, 2018
The former leader of one of the five largest house church networks in China has penned a story that gripped and moved me greatly. Endorsed by prominent Chinese Christians who know the author, this fast-paced narrative covers the decades from the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, to the continued outreach, even to foreign countries, along with government pressure, of recent years.

Shanghai Faithful

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle November 14, 2017
“This masterful biography is a loving and skillfully written portrait of the Lin family, spanning five generations. The author also provides an authentic survey of the historical events that overtook the family members during these decades. I recommend this book...

Chinese Theology: Text and Context, Part II

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle September 5, 2017
Chapter 6: The Church and the People’s Republic of China In this second “big-picture” chapter, Dr. Starr provides another brilliant overview of the dark days of Roman Catholic and Protestant believers in the 1950s through the early 1970s. During this...

Chinese Theology: Text and Context, Part I

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle August 20, 2017
Starr, who is associate professor of Asian Christianity and Theology at Yale Divinity School, is an expert Sinologist who has read widely across several centuries of both secular and Christian Chinese literature. Her work displays a mastery of an impressive array of Roman Catholic and Protestant writings, an ability to spot pivotal issues, and a remarkable balance and civility of tone.

An Opportunity Missed: A Review of How Christianity Came to China: A Brief History

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle June 15, 2017
Imagine a history of the U.S. Marine Corps written by a pacifist. Or a description of childbirth by a male gynecologist; a portrayal of femininity by a misogynist; a study of a Rembrandt portrait by a learned but blind art critic who prefers the Impressionists; an analysis of Mozart’s Requiem by a brilliant but deaf admirer of Beethoven. In each case, many, perhaps most, of the facts would be accurate. In each case, also, the main thing, the heart, the essence, the core, the substance would be fundamentally misunderstood and the resulting product fatally flawed.

Matteo Ricci: A Jesuit in the Ming Court

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle April 24, 2017
Fontana gives ample reasons for Ricci’s continued reputation as the “gold standard” for missionaries who want to earn the respect and affection of Chinese. She also sheds valuable light on this crucial first major cultural encounter between the civilizations of China and Europe.

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