ABSTRACT

As part of the world Christianity movement, Chinese Christianity finds its full expression in local Chinese contexts. The present essay is an attempt to use Christian higher education as a case study. For the most part Christian higher education totally disappeared from China after the 1950s, only to be revived again in the 1980s. There has been a resurgence in the study of the history of Christian colleges since the 1980s. There have also been important activities undertaken by the alumni associations of Christian colleges, such as the celebration of the ninety-fifth anniversary of the founding of Yenching University in Beijing in 2014. These are marks of a revival of the spirit of Christian higher education in China. This article will report some of the activities going on in the past several decades that signify a revival of the spirit of Christian higher education in China. It is clearly a different kind of Christian higher education today, and thus a new form of Christian presence in China, illustrating a distinctive form of world Christianity that deserves scholarly attention.

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