Covering both the history of Christianity in China and the complicated current situation for missioners and evangelization efforts, this book offers a nuanced Chinese Christian perspective on a complex and often misunderstood subject.
"Between my first trip to China in 1980 and my last in 2003, I have known many ups and downs in the relationship between Catholicism and the government in Beijing. In recent decades, the universal Catholic Church and the Catholic Church in China have discovered more than ever the profound unity that binds them. The tenacity of recent popes to explore and develop ways of dialogue is unambiguous, and implies an atmosphere of trust beyond reciprocal misunderstandings. Yan powerfully shows the reasons for dialogue with Chinese culture and Chinese authorities relaunched by Pope Francis." --Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, author of Towards The Christians in China
"An excellent introduction to the promise and perils of the Catholic Church in China today. Yan is especially helpful in explaining the history of discontent between underground and registered Catholics, and the history of the Catholic Patriotic Association. Throughout, Yan offers an optimistic vision of how the Church might yet prosper in this proud and ancient civilization." --James and Evelyn Whitehead, Loyola University Chicago
Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan lives in Shanghai. He holds a doctorate in Missiology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a Master's degree in Oriental Religions and Cultures from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. His primary areas of research are interdisciplinary approaches to the religions and cultures of Asia.
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