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Chloë Starr

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204216

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204216.001.0001

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Wu Leichuan, Christianity and Chinese Culture, and the Kingdom of Heaven

Wu Leichuan, Christianity and Chinese Culture, and the Kingdom of Heaven

(p.128) 5 Wu Leichuan, Christianity and Chinese Culture, and the Kingdom of Heaven
Chinese Theology

Chloë Starr

Yale University Press

This chapter reassesses Wu Leichuan (L. C. Wu)’s reconciliation of Christianity with Chinese culture by foregrounding the centrality of the Kingdom of Heaven in his thinking. This chapter analyzes the desire to build the Kingdom of God on earth, including especially in economic realms, in Wu’s 1936 Christianity and Chinese Culture. Wu has often been labeled a “Confucian-Christian,” and various studies have engaged with his contextualized Christianity as he negotiates between classical Chinese culture and an emerging modern culture, but the chapter draws greater attention to the theologians with whom Wu is in dialogue: the British, German, and American Social Gospel proponents whose writings on the kingdom had such a critical effect on Wu.

Keywords:   Wu Leichuan, Confucian-Christians, social gospel, Chinese culture, Kingdom of Heaven, anti-miraculous

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