Translating Protestant Christianity into China—Questions of Indigenization and Sinification in a Globalised World

  • Gerda Wielander
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting book series (PTTI)


Wielander provides a succinct analysis of the translation and expression of Christian values in the modern Chinese context. The chapter starts with a historical overview of the translational encounter during the nineteenth century and explains the significance of the Chinese Union Version (1919). It accounts for the attraction of Christianity at this moment in Chinese history and the points of contention regarding the faith’s utility for China’s ‘salvation’. Wielander then examines Bishop K.H. Ting’s (1915–2012) attempts to create a ‘theology rooted in the Chinese soil’, which illustrates the tension between localization and the universality of the Christian faith. She provides two fascinating contemporary examples of this tension: the calls for a Chinese language theology, and the official expectation of a Sinification of Protestant Christianity.


Church Leader Christian Faith Christian Theology Official Discourse Chinese Intellectual 
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  • Gerda Wielander
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  1. 1.Department of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

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