On April 12, 2017, the opening ceremony of a research base of the Christian Research Center in Shandong Province was held in Shandong Theological Seminary. The said base will stand as another center for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (known as CASS) and Shandong Theological Research Center.
The foundation of the two institutes will contribute to more researches regarding the integration between Christianity and the traditional Chinese culture, and the harmonious co-existence of Christianity and contemporary Chinese society.
Rev. Gao Feng, president of the National CCC, stated that the internal construction, including theological theories needed to be strengthened despite that the hardware construction of Chinese seminaries, has been constantly enhanced in recent years. The church in Shandong should achieve new development in theological theory research and theological education.
Zhuo Xinping, director of the Institute of World Religions of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, indicated that the age of globalization has brought confusion, as well as challenges, providing a path for the sinicization of Christianity. Christianity ought to have dialogue with Chinese culture and world civilizations to pursue a win-win cooperation.
Translated by Karen Luo