The new Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities by Notre Dame Press launches with the release of “Schism” by Christie Chui-Shan Chow.
Author Christie Chui-Shan Chow
Series editor Alexander Chow, senior lecturer in theology and world Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Discussant Chris White, Assistant Director, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University
Moderator Alexander Hsu, Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Schism” is the first ethnographic and historical study of Seventh-day Adventism in China. Scholars have been slow to consider Chinese Protestantism from a denominational standpoint. In “Schism,” the first monograph that documents the life of the Chinese Adventist denomination from the mid-1970s to the 2010s, Christie Chui-Shan Chow explores how Chinese Seventh-day Adventists have used schism as a tool to retain, revive, and recast their unique ecclesial identity in a religious habitat that resists diversity.
Based on unpublished archival materials, fieldwork, oral history, and social media research, Chow demonstrates how Chinese Adventists adhere to their denominational character both by recasting the theologies and faith practices that they inherited from American missionaries in the early twentieth century and by engaging with local politics and culture. This book locates the Adventist movement in broader Chinese sociopolitical and religious contexts and explores the multiple agents at work in the movement, including intrachurch divisions among Adventist believers, growing encounters between local and overseas Adventists, and the denomination’s ongoing interactions with local Chinese authorities and other Protestants. The Adventist schisms show that global Adventist theology and practices continue to inform their engagement with sociopolitical transformations and changes in China today.