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Worship music localization : a case study of the revival Christian church of Hong Kong=敬拜音樂的本土化實踐 - 香港基督教復興教會的個案研究In the musical scholarship of the past, Christian music was studied mainly in terms of genre, repertory, and its practitioners. This article proposes an ethnographic study of the “contemporary praise-andworship music” in Hong Kong by analyzing the music of the Revival Christian Church of Hong Kong, one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in Hong Kong and Mainland China, in its social and cultural context. This study illuminates the significant function of worship music in connecting modern Christian churches of Hong Kong to their local environment. The social functions of this kind of music are also explored, adding to a theoretical understanding that is significant to ethnomusicology and theology.
The indigenized characteristics of modern ministry poetry in the Chinese mainland during the republican period=民國時期大陸事工新詩的本色化特徵The modern ministry poetry is non-singing poetry written by Christians for the missionary purpose. In this paper, the modern ministry poetry in the Chinese mainland flourishing from 1921 to 1949 will be studied against the background of the Christian Indigenization Campaign in the 1920s. Compared with western religious poetry, the objective of modern ministry poetry is clearly directed to missionary work. The contents of the poetry widely involve secular life, and the quality and writing skills of different modern ministry poems are disparate. These characteristics came from the special period of the Republic of China (1912–49) and gradually faded after 1949.
The creation of “Sino-Christian hymns” : from the perspective of the indigenization of Chinese Christianity=「漢語讚美詩」的生成 - 以中國基督教的本土化為視野This paper aims to present the creation of “Sino-Christian hymns” from the perspective of “Genetic Structuralism,” and the inner logic of the indigenization of Chinese Christianity. Since the early twentieth century, indigenous sects construct their sectarian identity by writing, editing, and singing their own hymns. Among these hymns, on the one hand, both intellectual writing and popular writing present Christian faith via traditional images and historical narratives. On the other hand, specific Sino-Christian hymns are selected by individual sects to present their identities and theological purport, which have shaped the distinctive developments of different indigenous sects.
“I’m on the way”: Shi Tiesheng’s viewpoint of Christianity based on the human world=「我在路上」 - 論史鐵生基於人間本位的基督教觀Shi Tiesheng, a famous contemporary writer, expands the doctrine of original sin in Christianity to include the disability and limitation in humanity, and advocates making the wish of love in human world to transcend the limitation. His perspective always focuses on the world, advocating to combine the purpose with the process and to cope with the suffering of real life by believing in Christianity. He also distinguishes religious spirit from religious belief. In this paper, the actual attitude of Shi Tiesheng towards Christianity will be laid out by scrutinizing four aspects of his viewpoint of Christianity based on the world. His profound philosophical ideas and consciousness for social concern, which are reflected in his works, will be presented, thus facilitating future research on his achievement in literature.
“Does the sick need a doctor?” : the debate over divine healing in the reform-era Protestantism=有病的人需要醫生？- 改革開放以來基督新教的神蹟醫病論爭Focusing on the magazine of the Protestant churches in China entitled Tian Feng, the article examines the debate over the issue of divine healing in the Reform-era Protestantism. It is widely thought that Christians get ill because they have sinned against God or are attacked by the Devil. Therefore, those who hold on to the conviction of divine healing believe that Christians who suffer from maladies should be healed by (and frequently only by) praying and/or exorcism. Accordingly, the Three-Self Church leaders who oppose to the advocates of divine healing interpret some biblical texts in arguing that “the sick needs a doctor.”