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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. (182 entries)

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.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present

Review by Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin April 10, 2017
This comprehensive telling of the basic dynamics of U.S.-China relations is not only highly accurate but beautifully-written, with intriguing detail and photos and cartoons of key personalities and incidents. The excellent writing is delightful, if not surprising given the author’s career as a highly-respected journalist with both study and reporting from China as a Washington Post China correspondent and China editor.

MISSIONARY: A Historical Study of the Entry of the Gospel into China

Review by Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin March 27, 2017
I highly recommend Missionary for education within and well beyond Christian circles. The central theme of God’s everlasting love for the Chinese people is a message relevant to all nations.

The Rushing on of the Purposes of God: Christian Missions in Shanxi Province since 1876, Part II

Review by Dr. G. Wright Doyle March 11, 2017
I have nothing but praise for Kaiser’s achievement. This is missions history at its best – comprehensive, balanced, fair, accurate, nuanced, enlightening, and very edifying. Above all, he shows how, in the “rushing on of the purposes of God,” both foreigners and Chinese have contributed to the solid growth of a church that is finally fully Chinese, despite the government’s persistent attempts to label Christianity as a foreign religion.

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