By David Cheung

Utilizing frequently hitherto unstudied fundamental fabrics, this monograph reviews a really major episode in chinese language Christianity. targeting the origins and earliest historical past of Protestantism in South Fujian, this analytical-critical research investigates the evolution of the church buildings which pioneered in indigenisation and ecclesiastical union in China in the course of the 19th century. a few topics studied are primitive missionary ambitions and strategies, the connection among the ‘Talmage perfect’ and the Three-self suggestion, and the character and dynamics of ‘native’ non secular paintings. tremendous priceless is the severe evaluation of South Fujian when it comes to self-propagation, self-government, self-support and natural union. the major components prompt for destiny study also are particularly thought-provoking. the amount is mainly worthy to social and church historians, missiologists and sociologists.

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Beyond the individual level, we also look at accomplishments on the Mission level. Here we find it necessary to document the growth of the various church memberships during the 1842–56 period. As shall be seen, the results of the investigation will help us understand why the RCA was able to move ahead of the EPM in the area of church formation. The second subject of our interest is the theoretical motivation of the Sinkoe event. In this case, the question is: What was the guiding vision of the RCA church formation plan?

At all times, the main RCA interest was in the evangelistic opportunities occasioned by the presence of waiting patients rather than in the treatment of their physical ailments. With regard to the latter type of service, the absence of a medical missionary ruled out any realistic RCA participation. In the matter of educational work, the story is a little bit more complicated. 4 infra. RCC, pp. 26–27. e. in the 1880s. See RCC, ch. 11. Yet Doty’s plea for a physician was made as early as mid-1855.

AR-AB (1851) p. 124; cf. (1850) p. 160. 21 723CM/Bx1, Joralmon from Amoy, 30 July 1856. Cf. MH ( January 1856) p. 9; Douglas from Amoy, 28 February 1856, Mess (1856) pp. 180–181; AR-AB (1856) p. 10; AR-AB (1857) p. 122. 22 In 1845 the sending of Rev. William Charteris by ‘an unofficial Ladies’ Association’ commenced the Corfu mission (1845–64). However it was not until 1849 that the PCE Synod accepted him as its official agent (Dale, Our missions, p. 2n). Relatedly the Women’s Missionary Association was organised later in 1878.

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