The Chinese Christian Studies Forum and Conference on Christianity held in Shandong had as its theme the sinicization of Christianity.
From October 29 to November 1, more than 50 scholars and experts from research centers and universities attended the forum in Ji’nan, according to China Ethic News.
Zhuo Xinping, president of the Chinese Religious Society and honorary director of the Christianity Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that religious studies should focus on Christianity over time, surveying religion through the perspective of historical materialism. Religious studies should promote the sicinization of Christianity as well as be built on academic systems featuring Chinese styles.
Zheng Xiaoyun, director of the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, claimed that enhancing this field of studies would be helpful in mutual exchanges with other world civilizations.
Shandong CC&TSPM stated that the "Qilu (or Shandong) Theological Research Center," founded independently in 2017, aims to respond to needs within the church and society to practice faith in the current situation on the basis of Biblical texts and culture found in provinces. The center would explore the communion of Christianity and Chinese culture.
The seven topics included the theory of the sinicization of Christianity and its application to academics, Christianity and the Chinese society, and the study of world Christianity.