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Heaven and humanity in unity: theosis, sino-christian theology and the second Chinese enlightenment

Chow, Alexander (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis explores various trajectories of contextual theology as they have developed in the two Chinese enlightenments of twentieth and twenty-first century China. Drawing methodologically from the typological works of historian Justo González and the missiologists Stephen Bevans and Roger Schroeder, one of the main aims of this study is to map and evaluate the various types of Chinese theology. An analysis of three major Chinese Protestant representatives will identify the tendencies of each type, highlight the importance of a contextual theology in dealing with a context’s socio-political concerns and religiophilosophical tradition, and show a bias in Chinese theology towards Latin Christianity. This leads to the second major aim of the study to explore the usefulness of Eastern Orthodox category of theosis and related subjects in the Second Chinese Enlightenment. It will highlight the tendencies of Chinese philosophy and religion, inclusive of Chinese Protestantism, to exhibit many themes from Byzantine Christianity. It will also call attention to the potential usefulness of this other “Eastern” theology in China’s socio-political concerns. This study will conclude by discussing the possibilities of Eastern Orthodoxy in playing an important role in complementing and supplementing future developments of a Chinese contextual theology.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Tang, Edmond
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Additional Information:

Note: the thesis has been significantly updated and published as a book as:

Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment: Heaven and Humanity in Unity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Furthermore, a Chinese translation of the work is due to be published this year (2015) in Hong Kong, through the publisher Institute for Sino-Christian Studies.

Subjects:B Philosophy (General)
BF Psychology
BL Religion
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3535
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