A Protestant Church in Communist China: Moore Memorial by John Craig William Keating

By John Craig William Keating

Freedom of spiritual trust is assured less than the structure of the People’s Republic of China, however the measure to which this freedom is ready to be exercised is still a hugely debatable factor. a lot scholarly consciousness has been given to persecuted underground teams similar to Falungong, yet one zone that is still principally unexplored is the connection among formally registered church buildings and the communist govt. This examine investigates the heritage of 1 such reliable church, Moore Memorial Church in Shanghai. This church used to be based through American Methodist missionaries. by the point of the 1949 revolution, it was once the biggest Protestant church in East Asia, working seven day per week courses.

As a case examine of 1 person church, working from an ancient (rather than theological) viewpoint, this examine examines the adventure of individuals at this church opposed to the backdrop of the turbulent politics of the Mao and Deng eras. It asks and seeks to respond to questions corresponding to: have been the folk on the church happy to work out the international missionaries depart? have been humans compelled to signal the so-called “Christian manifesto”"? as soon as the church doorways have been closed in 1966, did worshippers cross underground? Why was once this actual church particularly selected to be the 1st re-opened in Shanghai in 1979? What motives are there for its extra special development for the reason that then?

A huge percentage of the information for this research is drawn from chinese resources, together with interviews, own correspondence, information, inner church files and files, a lot of that have by no means formerly been released or accessed through overseas researchers.

The major concentration of this research is at the interval from 1949 to 1989, a interval during which the church skilled many ups and downs, regulations and obstacles. The Mao period, specifically, is still one of many least understood and rarely written approximately sessions within the background of Christianity in China. This research for this reason makes an important contribution to our evolving realizing of the fragile balancing act among compromise, co-operation and compliance that categorises church-state family in smooth China.

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