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8 Chinese L. & Religion Monitor 27 (2012)
Christianity and Civil Society in China

handle is hein.journals/chlmr8 and id is 241 raw text is: Chinese Law & Religion Monitor

Christianity and Civil Society in China
Christian Ethics is Transforming Citizenship Rights and Church-State
Relations in China Through Invisible and Unstructured Church
Mark Chuanhang Shan (2012)
Abstract: Christianity is promoting citizenship rights in China today
primarily through invisible and unstructured church communities.
Through the pastoral regions' culture based on 'justice- and love-
centered Christian ethics, churches and Christians are holding fast to
their faith ideology and its application principles, not giving up meeting
and worshiping together, popularizing the model of using the law to
defend their rights, and influencing church and society. This model has
pushed forward the development of civil society in China and
facilitated the birth of a new form of church-state relations. To sum up,
the model of a constitutional citizenship society and church-state
relations, an institutional cultural capital borrowed from the West, is
being contextualized in China in a positive way through Christianity's
new culture movement, and it will avoid the situation that exists in
the modern Western model of a civil society from which a code of
ethics is absent.
' This paper is based on a term paper for a sociology course, Social Theory:
Individual, Society, and Religious Life, the author took at Boston University in
the spring of 2008. I want to acknowledge the professor who taught this
course: Professor Nancy Ammerman of Boston University's Department of

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