Following Christ and Confucius

Following Christ and Confucius

  • Wang Mingdao and Chinese Christianity

  • by Christopher Payk

  • 288 pages, 6.00 x 9.00

  • Hardcover | 9780268208240 | March 2024

  • eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268208264 | March 2024

  • eBook (EPUB) | 9780268208271 | March 2024

  • Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities


The first full-length critical biography and theological analysis of Wang Mingdao, the spiritual father of China’s House Church Movement.

One of the most influential figures in Chinese Christianity, church leader and evangelist Wang Mingdao rejected state control of religion in favor of the religious freedom of the unregistered House Churches—a choice that made him a frequent target of government persecution.

In this thorough new biography, scholar Christopher Payk traces Wang’s life and Christian development through the sociopolitical tumult of twentieth-century China. Drawing on unpublished sermons, journals, and additional sources in English and Chinese, Payk argues persuasively that Wang’s theology—while largely based on Christian scripture—was shaped by Confucian tradition, reason, and personal experience. Following Christ and Confucius brings new clarity to Wang’s uncompromising faith and lasting impact.