Christian Studies in Contemporary China


  • Jason T. S. Lam


Although Christian Studies is a comparatively new discipline in Mainland China, it has a long history in global academia. Thus, while promoting this discipline in China, we are also bringing Chinese scholars to the international arena and exposing international scholars to the Chinese situation. Given that we are all living in a globalized (or glocalized) context, this exchange allows people a better understanding of different religious traditions so as to avoid a clash of civilizations, especially for those living in a multi-religious context like Asia. In this paper I explain how this special phenomenon has emerged in the rapidly changing Chinese situation in the last few decades and to articulate the interesting characteristics of Christian studies and related theology in this context, namely extra ecclesiam (outside of the church).

Author Biography

Jason T. S. Lam

Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong, China