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China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye


This book examines the dynamic between charisma and organization in the history of the True Jesus Church, China’s first major native church, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The True Jesus Church is one of the earliest Chinese expressions of charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity, now the dominant mode of twenty-first-century Chinese Christianity. The book argues that the charismatic mode of Christianity is not merely a reflection of native religious traditions or conditions of socioeconomic deprivation, but a powerful tool for organizing and sustaining community. The book’s chap ... More

Keywords: True Jesus Church, China, Christianity, charismatic, agency, history, global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190923464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, author
Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland