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Reshaping the BoundariesThe Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era$
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Song Gang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390557

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390557.001.0001

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A Religious Rhetoric of Competing Modernities

A Religious Rhetoric of Competing Modernities

Christian Print Culture in Late Qing China

(p.106) 7 A Religious Rhetoric of Competing Modernities
Reshaping the Boundaries

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the complicated notions of modernity propagated through the flourishing Christian print culture in late Qing and early Republican China. Western missionaries had introduced modern print technology to China in the first half of the nineteenth century. This technology was not only a symbol of the scientific ethos of rationalistic modernity, but also a convenient and widely utilized tool for propagating charismatic Christian practices, as seen in the Church News, the Chinese Christian Intelligencer, and other nationally distributed Christian publications. The coexistence of technological advancements and supernatural experiences gave rise to a paradoxical in-between situation, where multiple expressions of modernity could be attached to both old and new ideas frequently crossing the borders of cultural, religious, and material entities.

Keywords:   notions of modernity, Christian print culture in China, Christian miracle stories, London Missionary Society, the Church News, the Chinese Christian Intelligencer

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