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Author Ireland, Daryl R., author
Title John Song : modern Chinese Christianity and the making of a new man / Daryl R. Ireland
Imprint Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, [2020]
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 Ethnology Library  BV3785.S665 I74 2020    AVAILABLE    30520020896586
Descript xix, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Studies in world Christianity
Studies in world Christianity (Waco, Tex.)
Note Includes bibliographic references (pages 209-240) and index
Introduction: The quest to become new -- The dissolution -- A new man -- A new means -- A new location -- A new audience -- A new woman -- A new body -- Conclusion: Modern Chinese Christianity
"Dubbed the Billy Sunday of China for the staggering number of people he led to Christ, John Song has captured the imagination of generations of readers. His story, as it became popular in the West, possessed memorable, if not necessarily true, elements: Song was converted while he studied in New York at Union Theological Seminary in 1927, but his modernist professors placed him in an insane asylum because of his fundamentalism; upon his release, he returned to China and drew enormous crowds as he introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the Old-Time Religion. In John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man, Daryl Ireland upends conventional images of John Song and theologically conservative Chinese Christianity. Working with never before used sources, this groundbreaking book paints the picture of a man who struggled alongside his Chinese contemporaries to find a way to save their nation. Unlike reformers who attempted to update ancient traditions, and revolutionaries who tried to escape the past altogether, Song hammered out the contours of a modern Chinese life in the furnace of his revivals. With sharp storytelling and careful analysis, Ireland reveals how Song ingeniously reformulated the Christian faith so that it was transformative and transferrable throughout China and Southeast Asia. It created new men and women who thrived in the region's newly globalized cities. Song's style of Christianity continues to prove resilient and still animates the extraordinary growth of the Chinese church today."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Song, Shangjie, 1901-1944
Evangelists -- China -- Biography
Christianity -- China -- 20th century
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