Xi Lian

Xi Lian

Professor of World Christianity

External address: 
Duke Divinity School, Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Divinity School, Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-3410

Overview

Professor Lian’s research is focused on China’s modern encounter with Christianity. His first book, The Conversion of Missionaries (1997), is a critical study of American Protestant missions against the backdrop of rising Chinese nationalism in the early twentieth century. His second book, Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China (2010), winner of the 2011 Christianity Today Book Award, examines the development of missionary Christianity into a vibrant, indigenous faith of the Chinese masses. Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China (2018) is his most recent book. It is the first authoritative, documented biography of the most important political dissident in Mao’s China, whose open opposition to communism was sustained by her Christian faith. Dr. Lian’s other research projects include the flourishing of Christianity among minority peoples on the margins of Chinese society and the emergence of Protestant elites and their prominent, if also precarious, role in the search for civil society in today’s China.

 

Education & Training

  • D.Art, State University of New York at Albany 1993

Selected Grants

Lin Zhao's Christian Journey in Mao's China awarded by Association of Theological Schools (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Lian, X. "Missionaries in the Making of Vernacular Christianity in China." Shaping Christianity in Greater China: Indigenous Christians in Focus. Ed. Woods, P. Oxford.: Regnum. 2017. (Chapter)

Lian, X. "Cultural Christians' and the Search for Civil Society in Contemporary China." The Chinese Historical Review 20.1 (2013): 71-88.

Lian, X. "A New Journey in the Study of Christianity in China." The Chinese Historical Review 20.1 (2013): 1-4.

Lian Xi, . "A Messianic Deliverance for Post-Dynastic China." Modern China 34.4 (October 2008): 407-441. Full Text

Lian, X. "Western Protestant Missions and Modern Chinese Nationalist Dreams." East Asian History 32 (2006): 199-216.

Wacker, G. "The conversion of missionaries: liberalism in American Protestant missions in China, 1907-1932." International Bulletin of Missionary Research 23.4 (October 1, 1999): 178-178.