The Rise of Christianity in Modernising China

Professor Fenggang Yang, a Chinese by birth and (partially) formation, is Full Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, in the United States of America. He is also the founder and director of the «Center on Religion and the Global East» and the author of numerous works, among which the Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts (Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2018) and Religion in China: Survival and Revival Under Communist Rule (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). [CV]. The approach of the Lecture will be sociological, but consideration will be given not only to Peter Berger’s approach to Modernity, but also Rodney Stark’s interpretation of The Rise of Christianity. Having a profound and well documented knowledge of the present growth of Christianity in China, Professor Yang clarifies his thesis according to which in China, despite an extremely accelerated process of modernization, the growth of Christianity constitutes a major/perdurable fact of social life. The event is a joint effort of the Pontifical Gregorian University and COMIUCAP.

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