Indigenization Efforts of the Catholic Church in Taiwan

Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)


This chapter provides an overview, reflection and evaluation of indigenization efforts of the Catholic Church in Taiwan. The overview covers philosophical and historical development from the late Ming dynasty up to and after Vatican II. The reflection centers on the cultural exchange between the East and the West, the instruction of the faithful as well as on theology and Chinese culture in the light of the Gospel and the effects of the frequently exclusive use of Mandarin Chinese as the liturgical language in church services. Evaluation covers aspects of the apparent ascendancy of Mandarin Chinese culture to the detriment of Fujian and Hakka cultures and its effects on evangelization while the conclusion offers three recommendations touching on evangelization and interfaith dialogue.


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  1. 1.Wenzao Ursuline University of LanguagesKaohsiungTaiwan

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