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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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The Church and the People’s Republic of China

The Church and the People’s Republic of China

(p.154) 6 The Church and the People’s Republic of China
Chinese Theology

Chloë Starr

Yale University Press

If the early twentieth century saw great growth in the Chinese church, the first decade of the second half of the century saw persecution and a mass falling away from the church. By the end of the 1960s, when public religious activity in China had been shut down for several years, the rest of the world wondered if a Chinese church still existed. The focus of this chapter is the key decade of the 1950s, and particularly the policies and events of the first years of that decade. The chapter discusses the very different responses of Roman Catholic and certain Protestant church leaders to the leadership of New China and to the creation of state patriotic bodies during the difficult transition to a “post-denominational” church.

Keywords:   Communist persecution, TSPM, CCPA, post-denominational church, martyrs, patriotism

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