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Chinese TheologyText and Context$
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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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State Regulation, Church Growth, and Textual Profusion

State Regulation, Church Growth, and Textual Profusion

(p.213) 8 State Regulation, Church Growth, and Textual Profusion
Chinese Theology

Chloë Starr

Yale University Press

The great growth in the Chinese church and what this might mean for a future China has been the source of much recent media debate as the world has begun to catch up with the development of Chinese Christianities over the past three decades. Chapter 8 assesses how state regulation has attempted to channel and control that growth and analyzes the three broad categories of writing that have emerged out of that attempt, in the form of official church, unofficial church, and academic writings. While “theology” proper designates the output of the state seminaries in an official Chinese construct of categories, the chapter also addresses the burgeoning theological writings in academia and outside the state church.

Keywords:   church growth, state regulation, Academic Christianity, Reform era, house-church theology

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