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China's "Christianity Fever" revisited: towards a community-oriented reading of Christian conversions in China

Chinas "Christentum-Fieber" revisited: eine community-orientierte Lesart christlicher Konversion in China

Fiedler, Katrin

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Abstract Chinese Protestant Christianity has been continually growing over the past three decades, with an estimated one million converts per year. A number of studies have sought to explain this phenomenon. This paper critically reviews existing studies of China's "Christianity Fever" and then outlines the role of the community as one crucial factor in the conversion process. With its emphasis on communality, as a central element of both Christian theology and the fellowship activities that are part of Christian practice, Protestant Christianity fills a gap opened up by the change in traditional familial and social structures. By discussing specific aspects relating to the communal nature of Christianity, such as familism, elitism, and dynamics at work in face-to-face evangelism, this paper offers an alternative reading of existing studies.
Thesaurusschlagwörter China; Christianity; Protestant church; Protestantism; religious group; social change; conversion; social structure; cultural change; family; psychological theory; church; value-orientation; role; Far East
Klassifikation Entwicklungsländersoziologie, Entwicklungssoziologie; Religionssoziologie
Methode empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ; historisch; Theorieanwendung
Freie Schlagwörter Social sciences; Christianity; Protestantism; community; Christianity Fever; contemporary
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 71-109
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 4
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung