Centre for Sino-Christian Studies

The Centre for Sino-Christian Studies (CSCS) was established in July 2001 to support advanced research in Christian Studies in the Chinese context, and to augment academic exchanges with Chinese scholars from mainland China. Since the 1990s the importance of Sino-Christian Studies has been widely recognized by leading academic institutions. Many similar research institutes have been established in mainland China and Taiwan. This trend clearly reflects the recognition within academia of the contemporary significance of the study of Christian thought, which is integral to Western culture, and is considered to be integral to the renewal and modernization of Chinese culture. Being the only local tertiary institution with a strong Christian heritage and commitment, our university is well positioned to establish a research centre in Sino-Christian studies to help advance Christian scholarship and sustain the vitality of the University’s heritage of Christian higher education within a Chinese cultural setting.

The Centre seeks to explore the meaning and significance of Christianity in modern and contemporary Chinese cultures and to promote inter-disciplinary dialogues between Christian Studies and other academic disciplines. It endeavours, as far as possible, to integrate theological, philosophical, and socio-political perspectives into each of its research projects, so as to provide a broad multi-disciplinary approach to Christian Studies. It also aims to establish and coordinate regional and international networks of Christian Studies within the “Cultural China” initiative. The Centre is a pioneer in the fields of “Christianity and Public Values” and “Science and Religion Dialogue” in the region. Over many years, we provided special opportunities for Chinese graduate students to interact with internationally known Christian scholars. The Centre has held international conferences related to our major research projects. In 2013, we will focus on themes relating Søren Kierkegaard to Chinese Culture.

Recent Major Research Projects

  1. International Conference on Solomon Caesar Malan (1812-1894) http://scmalan.co.uk/
  2. Christian Assessment of Chinese Traditional Accounts of Human Nature
  3. Søren Kierkegaard and Chinese Philosophy
  4. Faith on the Web http://iquest.hkbu.edu.hk/
  5. Religion and Public Values
  6. Christianity and Humanism
  7. In Search of Origins: An East-West Dialogue on Science and Religion
  8. Religion, Moral Development and Liberal Society
  9. Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

Research Publications

    1. Science and Religion Dialogue in China (2008)
    2. Religious Values and the Public Forum: Public Religion, an East-West Dialogue (2008)
    3. Bridging Science and Religion (2002, revised editions 2003, 2007)
    4. Christian Values and the Humanistic Spirit: History, Dialogue and Prospect (2006)
    5. The University and Christian Studies (2003)
    6. Relations between Religion and Morality (2003)
    7. Christian Thoughts and the 21st Century (2001)
    8. Christianity and Modern East-West Cultures (2000)

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