The Social Lives and Networks of Minnan Protestants, 1840s-1920s (2017)

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Chris White, Sacred Webs: The Social Lives and Networks of Minnan Protestants, 1840s-1920s (2017)

Author: Chris White
Imprint: BRILL
Language: English
Main Series: Religion in Chinese Societies
ISSN: 1877-6264

In Sacred Webs, historian Chris White demonstrates how Chinese Protestants in Minnan, or the southern half of Fujian Province, fractured social ties and constructed and utilized new networks through churches, which served as nodes linking individuals into larger Protestant communities. Through analyzing missionary archives, local church reports, and available Chinese records, Sacred Webs depicts Christianity as a Chinese religion and Minnan Protestants as laying claim to both a Christian faith and a Chinese cultural heritage.

Biographical note

Chris White, Ph.D. (2011), Xiamen University, MA (2006), University of Pittsburgh, is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.


This work would appeal to researchers interested in Chinese Christianity, scholars of Chinese religions, church historians, and students of world missions alike.

Table of contents

Note on Terms and Spelling

List of Images, Chart and Maps


Chapter 1 Setting the Minnan Stage

Section 1 Displaced Gods and Riceless Christians: The Processes of Conversion among Minnan Protestants

Chapter 2 Processing Conversion
Chapter 3 Converting Costs

Section 2 Movers and Shakers: Mobility and Conflict in Minnan Protestant Communities

Chapter 4 Minnan Protestants on the Move
Chapter 5 Understanding Chinese Protestant Conflicts
Chapter 6 Networking Conflicts
Chapter 7 Celebrating Protestant Networks

Section 3 The Liberating Gospel: Xu Chuncao and Spiritual and Social Activism of Minnan Protestants

Chapter 8 Incorporating Protestant and Secular Networks


Appendix 1: Instances of Minnan Protestant Converts Forfeiting their Employment to Join the Church, 1846–1866

Appendix 2: Index of Chinese Characters





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