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The Chinese Theologians
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
This course examines select readings from Chinese church and academic theologians (including Hong Kong writers and diaspora voices) to explore the nature of Chinese Christian thought. The readings cover late imperial Roman Catholic writers; early Republican Protestant thinkers; high communist era church theologians, and contemporary Sino-Christian academic theologians. We will be reading primary materials in English, supplemented by background studies and lecture material to help make sense of the theological constructions that emerge. The course encourages reflection on the challenges for Christian mission in a communist context, on the tensions between church and state in the production of theologies, and on the challenges that Chinese Christianity poses for global Christian thought.
No background requirements (although some knowledge of theology and /or Chinese history might come in useful).
Students are expected to have read the set materials for each week’s class, be prepared to engage in discussion on the topic, and post an informal (ungraded) critique of the week’s readings prior to class.
Class discussion and one seminar presentation/ leading of discussion (20%)
Written evaluation: two essays (c. 2500 words) or one long paper (c. 20 pages) on topic of own choice, titles to be agreed with instructor in advance (40% each for two essays or 80% for one term paper).