Fang, Bo (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2017)
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.
Xue, Yuanyuan (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2017)
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.
Xu, Songzan (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2017)
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
Yi, Jin (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2017)
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.
Wang, Zhixi (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2017)
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.”
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