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dc.contributor.authorMak, Siu Faien
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:44:32Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:44:32Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30436
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dc.description.abstractThe objective of this thesis is to discover if it is possible to develop a Biblically-based solution to the pastoral and missiological problem associated with ancestor practice. There are three parts in the thesis.en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of Part I is to trace the origin and development of ancestor practice up to the present. I propose that: (1) ancestor practice has its socio- political, religious and cultural dimensions, (2) its origin lies in the ancestor quest, and (3) it has undergone three historical developments: an orientation period, a de- orientation period and a re- orientation period. From this study, it is better to hold a holistic approach to ancestor practice and avoid any reductionism.en
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of Part II is to describe missionaries in China and their encounter with ancestor practice. Their entries are explained as three encounters: with the Nestorians a religious encounter, with the Catholics a cultural encounter and with the Protestants a socio- political encounter. I conclude that from the experience of these historical encounters the best possible way to tackle the issue of the acceptability of ancestor practices for Christians is to approach the problem from a `both /and' perspective.en
dc.description.abstractThe plan of Part III is to apply some Biblical principles to the issue of ancestor practice and work out a theological model (with Chinese characteristics) to tackle it. Three suggestions are proposed: (1) a biblical -theological perspective towards its socio- political dimension, (2) a pastoral perspective towards its religious dimension, and finally (3) a missiological perspective towards its cultural dimension.en
dc.description.abstractI argue for the potential acceptability of the veneration of the ancestors for Christians but I also discuss the `fallen' state of the traditional rites. In transforming traditional ancestor practice, a ritual transcendence is proposed to demythologise the beliefs of ancestor veneration and transform its traditional practices into modern social and civil practices in accordance with both the Christian faith and Chinese tradition.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleContemporary Christian response to ancestor practice in Chinaen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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