Dr. Yao Analyzes the Growth of the Chinese Church for Christianity Today

An article by Dr. Kevin Xiyi Yao, Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies, titled “Why Theologians Aren’t as Excited About Chinese Christianity’s Growth as Sociologists” was featured in Christianity Today. In the article, Dr. Yao explores the differences between a sociological and theological approach to analyzing the church’s growth in China. Dr. Yao warns that current media trends, which focus primarily on the sociological changes and the projected growth of the church, misconstrue the church’s true goals and advancements. By considering the sociological conclusions alongside the theological and pastoral trends arising from China’s perseverant church, Dr. Yao presents a more balanced approach that helps the global church understand, appreciate, and learn from the Chinese church.

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