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date: 26 January 2021

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Chapter 5 focuses on the development of Christianity in East Asia, the region being a melting pot of various cultural and religious traditions that share a common heritage. In particular, the countries in the region have been heavily influenced by Confucianism as can be seen in their social structure and politics. Christianity played a major role in nation building; if the people of East Asia previously perceived themselves as dynasties and civilizations, the West referred to them as “nations.” Different countries in the region expressed varying opinions regarding modernity and responded accordingly. This led to the emergence of diverse contextual theologies in East Asia. The chapter also describes the “religious fever” in China, Pentecostalism and the emergence of mega churches, and the problem of multi-religious belonging.

Keywords: East Asia, common heritage, Confucianism, social structure, dynasties, civilizations, nations

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