The Church in Asia

Untold Stories of Church and Empires

This is the headpiece of the 2.75 meter stele from Xian, China erected in 638 AD.  Photo credit:  David Castor | Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.  The stele (called "the Nestorian stele") testifies to a large Chinese Christian community connected to Syrian Christians further west.  It provides a potential link to Christian activity even further east.  Christian symbols were discovered on the beams of the Koryuji Buddhist Temple, which dates back to 818 AD.  It was built on top of a Christian church building built in 603 AD, which had been ruined by a fire.  The "Church of the East" holds that Christian faith reached Japan by 70 AD.  See John M.L. Young's By Foot to China online


the church in asia: untold stories of church and empires

The selection of perspectives on church history in this section has been guided by three factors: (1) to demonstrate that Christianity has not been a “white man’s religion”; (2) the study of empire as a recurring motif in Scripture by recent biblical studies scholars; and (3) explorations of biblical Christian ethics on issues of power and polity, to understand how Christians were faithful to Christ or not.  Christian relational ethics continues a Christian theological anthropology that began with reflection on the human nature of Jesus, and the human experience of biblical Israel.

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