"Compiled and published by the Far Eastern Office, Division of Foreign Missions, National Council of the Church of Christ in the U.S.A., Wallace C. Merwin, Executive Secretary [and] Francis P. Jones, Consultant and Editor".
"A number of Chinese Christian leaders who were attracted by the socialist program of the Communist Party ... worked out a program of 1. Liquidating the whole missionary enterprise; 2. Cutting off the dependence of Chinese churches upon foreign funds; and 3. Setting up a new overall organization which should work to equate support of the new regime with patriotism. By early 1951 the missionaries had either left the country or been rendered ineffective, and the Edict of Dec. 29, 1950, cut off all foreign support of church enterprises. The third step required a longer time for its implementation, but it succeeded in placing the China Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement in a position of complete authority over all the Protestant churches of China. .... In the history of the Three-Self Movement six accomplishments stand out, and they are all reflected in the documents given herewith". -- Intro., p. iii.
Contents: Introduction / Wallace C. Merwin and Francis P. Jones -- Biographical Index -- The Present-Day Tragedy of Christianity dated March 31, 1948 / Y.T. Wu -- First Message to Christians in China dated March 1, 1948 -- Second Message dated November 10, 1948 -- Third Message dated December 10, 1949 -- Y.T. Wu on Reforming Christianity -- Message from Chinese Christians to Mission Boards Abroad -- The Christian Manifesto -- Sheng Kung Hui Pastoral Letter dated July 5th, 1950 -- Peking Edict of December 29, 1950 -- Church of Christ in China Report to Mission Boards Abroad dated Feb. 21, 1951 -- Methodist Patriotic Covenant -- Methods for Dealing with Christian Bodies -- Lu Tubg-yi's Speech -- Y.T. Wu's Report [May 8, 1951] -- The United Declaration [May 8, 1951] -- The Three-Self Preparatory Council -- The Christian Literature Society Denounced -- Advice on Accusation -- An Autobiographical Confession: Y.T. Wu -- How My Political Thinking Has Changed / Marcus Cheng -- My Self-Examination / Isaac Wei -- Helen Djang's Conversion -- The Three-Anti Campaign and T.C. Chao -- Lu Chih-wei Denounced by his Daughter -- Father, Long Before Creation, hymn -- Freedom Through Truth / Y.T. Wu -- Y.T. Wu's Report to the July 1954 Conference in Peking -- Conference Actions in 1954 -- Wang-Ming-tao: We, Because of Faith -- H.H. Ts'ui: A False Faith Cannot Fool People -- Wang-Ming-tao's "Self-Examination" -- Report on the China Christian Three-self Patriotic Movement from July 1954 to March 1956 -- Letter to Chinese Christians from Peking Conference of March 1956 -- Address by Kiang Wen-han -- Address by "Brother" T.C. Chao -- Address by Dr. H.H. Ts'ui -- Bishops' [of the Chung Hua Sheng Kui] Pastoral Letter of 1956 -- Shanghai Manifesto -- T.C. Chao on America -- Marcus Cheng's Speech -- Christian Theism / Bishop K.H. Ting -- Letter to Hungarian Christians -- Church and State / Kiang Wen-han -- The Future of Christianity in China / W.T. Yu -- Imperialism: Exploiter of Religion -- Unificatin of Worship -- My Recognition of the Communist Party / Y.T. Wu -- A Glorious Ten Years / Y.T. Wu -- The Second General Conference of the Three-Self Movement / Wu Y-fang -- Constitution of the Committee of the China Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement -- The Three-Self Standing Committee of 1961 -- Y.T. Wu on the New Missionary Strategy -- Index of Documents in Chronological Order.
Added sub-title on cover: An international dialogue with the Chinese Church.
Based on the conference: God's Call to a New Beginning, Montreal, Oct. 2-7, 1981.
"An historic meeting took place in Montreal in 1981. Catholic and Protestant leaders from China met with 150 other Christians from around the world, an unprecedented gathering which launched a new beginning in relationships and understanding. This book draws on the rich resources provided by that momentous occasion, although it is not a day to day conference report". -- Preface, p. i.
Contents divided into five main sections: The People -- Being the Church -- The Chinese Church and International Relations --Epilogue -- Appendix.
Bibliography: p. 178-184.
Contents: Dedication to Dr. Edward H. Johnson -- Preface / Raymond L. Whitehead -- Acknowledgements / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- The Church in Revolution / Andre Myre -- Response / Tissa Balasuriya, Robert Carbonneau, James G. Endicott, Sebastian Kappen, K.H. Ting, Sergio Torres -- Reconciliation with the People / Chen Zemin -- Response: Jean Charbonnier, David Paton, Masao Takenaka -- Witnessing to Christ by Chinese Catholic Clergy and Laity / Fu Tieshan -- There is Freedom of Religious Belief in New China / Fu Tieshan -- Freedom as Viewed by a Chinese Christian / Shen Yi-fan -- People's Stories : Haiti / Karl Leveque -- Korea / Oh Jae-shik -- Barbados / Nita Barrow -- China / Shen Yifan -- Introduction / Anwar Barkat -- Church Life at the Grassroots / Jiang Peifen -- What New China Means to Me / Kiang Wen-han -- How New China Christians Think Anew Theologically / Shen Yi-fan -- How My Christian Faith Has Been Shaped by My Context / Cynthia McLean -- Reflections of a Chinese Catholic Layman / Lu Weidu -- Contextualization : No Passing Fad / Roger Hutchison -- Response: Tissa Balasuriya, Zhao Fusan, Oh Jae-shik -- People's Theology : Sri Lanka / Tissa Balasuriya -- Philippines / Louie Hechanova -- Chile / Sergio Torres -- China / Jiang Peifen -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- How "Foreign" Was the Christian Church in China ? / Kiang Wen-han -- Colonialism and Missionary Movement / Zhao Fusan -- From Blind Obedience to Independence / Wang Zicheng -- To Have an Independent, Self-Ruled and Self-Managed Church is Our Sacred Right / Tu Shihua --On International Relations of the Chinese Church / Han Wenzao -- Fourteen Points / K.H. Ting -- Difficulties and Prospects / K.H. Ting -- From "Church to the World" to "Church for the World" / Katharine B. Hockin -- Some Personal Reflections on Chinese Society / Paul Lin -- Introduction / Theresa Chu and Christopher Lind -- Reflections on God's Call to a New Beginning / Don McInnis, Nicole Riberdy, Anthony Chang, Joyce Seroke, Zhao Fusan -- Envisioning the New Beginning / Doug Roche, James G. Endicott, David Paton, Edward H. Johnson, Franklin Woo, Tissa Balasuriya.
Appendex includes: Workshop Reports -- List of Participants -- Reports on the Conference by Participants: A Bibliography -- Other Reactions.