Exhibition Center Shows History of Christianity in China

By Yi Yang, March 25, 2017 06:03 AM

The Christian Culture Exhibition Center of Wuxi(Wechat account: Wuxi Church)

The Christian Culture Exhibition Center in Wuxi was opened on May 26, 2015 after more than a year of preparation by the church of Wuxi, Jiangsu. The exhibition mainly covers four periods of Christian history in China and shows the historical meaning of the conflict and infusion of Christianity and Chinese culture since the peak of the Tang Dynasty for over 1,300 years.

According to an article on the WeChat account of the church, the center has three sections: Neostorianism in the Tang and Yuan Dynasties, Catholicism entering China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and finally, Protestantism entering China and how it developed in Wuxi.  The center's architecture copies the scenery of Southern Yangtzi in miniature, including famous spots in Wuxi.

Amongst the many valuable Bibles and hymn books in the center are the rare wooden "Zhendaozizheng"(真道自证) from 1718, the "Yulan New Testament"(御览新约圣经), a copy of the New Testament translated by Zhu Baohui, "An Exposition of the Gospel of Mathew"(马太福音注释) translated by He Jinshan in the late Qing, The Navarre Bible of Catholicism, and a New Testament Reference edited and published in 1909.

The stated purpose of the center is for Christians and others in the community to learn the history of Christianity in China, especially the contribution it has made in the economical and cultural development of the country.

Wuxi Church also has a 24 member fellowship to oversee the center. These members are fellow workers with a high cultural literacy, some of whom have graduate degrees with professional training.

Translated by: Grace Hubl

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