A New History of Christianity in China
August 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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“These praiseworthy books from Bays and Phan will enhance their readers’ understanding of the manifold Christianities of China and Asia as well as of the global history of east-west relations.” (Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1 January 2013)
“This is an excellent text for both undergraduate classes and more advanced scholars of the subject, and even the well-read scholar of Chinese Christianity will find here helpful reminders, a driving narrative line, and Bays’ confident, collegial voice guiding them toward future research on topics that could not fit fully into this concise volume.” (Social Sciences and Missions 25, 2012)“Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” (Choice, 1 April 2012)
“Daniel Bays succeeds in bringing the story of Christianity to scholars and readers in terested in China and the story of China to Christians and others fascinated by global Christianity.” (EMQ, 2012)"A New History of Christianity of China provides an expert overview and reinterpretation of a complex and often-confusing subject." (Asian Review, 26 February 2012)
"Given the scholarly quality and historical timeliness of Bays's work, A New History of Christianity in China is an invaluable resource for any student of Chinese Christianity or any missionary desiring to serve the church there." (Themelios, 2011)
“I've really learned a lot from A New History of Christianity in China … Bays is one of the leading scholars in the field and gives us an accessible, compact book … This is a riveting history and Bays tells it fairly and evenly.”Asia Blog (http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia)
“[Bays] offers a comprehensive narrative that covers the waterfront, from Tibet and Mongolia in the west and north to Beijing and Macao in the east and south; from the Apostle Thomas in the church’s very first generation to Bishop K. H. Ting in our own time; with discussion not just of abstract theological and ecclesiological debates but also of pragmatic political and cultural considerations … He focuses not so much on the words and deeds of authority figures but, as much as the data permits, on the daily experience of China’s Christian masses … This book has my highest recommendation. It belongs in the library of every seminary and on the syllabus of every course on Asian church history.”
Journal of Asian Mission
—Paul Cohen, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
"This study is a splendid culmination to Daniel Bays' life-long engagement with Chinese history. It is lucid, succinct, balanced, reader-friendly, informative, and altogether authoritative. Readers interested in solid historical treatment of the dynamic story of Christianity in China need look no further. This is THE book."
—Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame