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Faithful Disobedience

Writings on Church and State from a Chinese House Church Movement [Paperback]

by Wang Yi

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      Wang Yi

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      Intervarsity Press (IVP Academic)

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      December 2022

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      Throughout China's rapidly growing cities, a new wave of unregistered house churches is growing. They are developing rich theological perspectives that are both uniquely Chinese and rooted in the historical doctrines of the faith. To understand how they have endured despite government pressure and cultural marginalization, we must understand both their history and their theology.

      In this volume, key writings from the house church have been compiled, translated, and made accessible to English speakers. Featured here is a manifesto by well-known pastor Wang Yi and his church, Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, to clarify their theological stance on the house church and its relationship to the Chinese government. There are also works by prominent voices such as Jin Tianming, Jin Mingri, and Sun Yi. The editors have provided introductions, notes, and a glossary to give context to each selection.

      These writings are an important body of theology historically and spiritually. Though defined by a specific set of circumstances, they have universal applications in a world where the relationship between church and state is more complicated than ever. This unique resource will be valuable to practical and political theologians as well as readers interested in international relations, political philosophy, history, and intercultural studies.

      Foreword by Ian Johnson


      Introduction by Hannah Nation


      Timeline of Important Dates

      Part I: Our House Church Manifesto

      1. Why We Are a House Church, Wang Yi

      2. The Spiritual Legacy of the House Church, Jin Tianming

      3. Tradition of the House Church in China: Nonconformist, Wang Yi

      4. Rise of House Churches and Urban Churches, Jin Mingri

      5. Why Didn't We Join the National TSPM? Sun Yi

      6. Christian Rightists of 1957, Wang Yi

      7. Raising Our Voices to End Sixty Years of Religious Persecution, Wang Yi

      8. Ninety-Five Theses: The Reaffirmation of Our Stance on the House Church, Wang Yi and Early Rain Covenant Church

      Part II: The Eschatological Church and the City

      9. The Mission and Labor Camp of the Gospel, Wang Yi

      10. The City of God on Earth, Wang Yi

      11. The Way of the Cross, the Life of the Martyrs, Wang Yi

      12. The Cross and the Landfill, Wang Yi

      13. Twenty Ways Persecution Is God's Way to Shepherd Us, Wang Yi

      14. History Is Christ Written Large, Wang Yi

      15. An Opportunity for Churches to Walk the Way of the Cross, Wang Yi

      16. "Christ Is Lord. Grace Is King. Bear the Cross. Keep the Faith." Wang Yi

      Part III: Arrest and the Way of the Cross

      17. A Joint Statement by Pastors: A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith, The Leadership of Early Rain Covenant Church

      18. In the Face of Persecution, What Will I Do? Wang Yi

      19. My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience, Wang Yi

      20. How Should the Church Face Persecution? Li Yingqiang

      21. This Is Also Where I Stand! Jin Tianming

      22. Letter for All Christian Churches to Pray, Western China Presbytery

      Conclusion by Hannah Nation


      Further Reading

      General Index

      Scripture Index


      • Author

        Wang Yi

      • Book Format


      • Publisher

        Intervarsity Press (IVP Academic)

      • Published

        December 2022

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        153 x 229 x 23 mm

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      • Author/Creator: Wang Yi

      • ISBN: 9781514004135

      • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (IVP Academic)

      • Release Date: December 2022

      • Weight: 415g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 23 mm

      • Eden Code: 5694429

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