CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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New online Chinese Christianity Collection

BEIJING (SE): The Kingdom Business College in Beijing teamed up with Globethics.net in Geneva, Switzerland, to launch the Online Chinese Christianity Collection on May 15.
 
A press release from its Beijing office says that it is the largest Online Collection on Chinese Christianity anywhere in the world.
 
All up, 34,500 full text, multilingual documents can be downloaded for free from www.chinesechristianity.online. Two thirds of the documents are in Chinese, the others in English, German, French and some other languages.
 
This collection has been carefully selected. Each document is in full and topics range from Christianity to culture. It also features an easy to follow detailed classification tree.
 
The collection is the fruit of the cooperation of many leading institutions on Chinese Christianity.
 
Each entry contains a short abstract, an example of which is given here.
 
“This essay discusses three contrasting versions of the relationship between good and evil in contemporary China: a spirit medium who manoeuvres between them, a charismatic Christian group that forges an identity by defending the border between them and an official state and religious discourse of banal goodness and universal love that seeks to annihilate evil.
 
“Each defines good and evil differently, but more importantly, each imagines the nature of the boundary itself differently—as permeable and negotiable, clear and defensible, or simply intolerable. These varied conceptions help to shape alternate views of empathy, pluralism and the problem of how to live with otherness.”
 
Recognised academic institutions and content providers that cooperated with the project include the China National Knowledge Infrastructure in Beijing; the Institute of Sino-Christian Studies in Hong Kong; the Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the Fujian Theological Seminary in Fuzhou; the Hong Kong Baptist University; the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary; the Yale Divinity School at Yale University; the China Information Desk in Hamburg; the China-Zentrum St. Augustin in Germany; Sino-Western Studies in Finland; the Foundation of Theological Education in South-East Asia; and Open Access Repositories.

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