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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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Afterword

Afterword

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(p.279) Afterword
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Chinese Theology
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Chloë Starr

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204216.003.0012

Standing in a Sunday service at a Roman Catholic church in central China recently, an impressive and lively church with discreet electronic boards on the pillars displaying the liturgy in real time, I was struck with renewed force by the difficulty of worshipping with a sense of inauthenticity. This was a rare occurrence; there is usually no occasion to doubt a priest’s or minister’s faith as expressed in the sermon or worship. That morning, however, a disturbing unease at the perception of an inauthentic leader—perhaps not even in the sense of unbelieving, but for presenting a homily that did not ring true and came across as a government circular or directive—was a bleak reminder of the choices that Chinese congregations and theologians have faced for decades....

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