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Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies

The Charismatic Movement in Taiwan from 1945 to 1995

Clashes, Concord, and Cacophony

Authors: Lin, Judith C.P.

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  • Presents a picture of the historical development of the Charismatic Movement in Taiwan in the twentieth century.
  • Reconfigures historiography from a Taiwanese perspective
  • Challenges the academic circle to take seriously the “Taiwanese consciousness” when engaging Taiwan’s history.
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This book presents a comprehensive account of the historical development of the Charismatic Movement in Taiwan, placing it within the context of Taiwan’s religious and political history. Judith C. P. Lin unearths invaluable sources of the Japan Apostolic Mission, the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Formosa Chapter, and Jean Stone Willans’ short stay in Taiwan in 1968. Lin describes and analyzes how the efforts of 1970s charismatic missionaries in Taiwan—including Pearl Young, Nicholas Krushnisky, Donald Dale, Allen J. Swanson, and Ross Paterson—shaped the theological convictions of later Taiwanese charismatic leaders. She also explores significant developments in the Taiwanese Church which contributed to the gradual and widespread recognition of the Charismatic Movement in Taiwan from 1980 to 1995.  Lin offers a thorough treatment of history, reconfigures historiography from a Taiwanese perspective, and challenges the academic circle to take seriously the “Taiwanese consciousness” when engaging Taiwan’s history.


About the authors

Judith C. P. Lin is an independent research consultant for the Association of Theological Schools in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Reviews

“Those with a passion for bringing the gospel to all nations will of necessity encounter the Holy Spirit.   If not, they will be the weaker. With an eagle’s eye, Dr. Lin’s book is a very valuable work that sees many of the twists and turns that unfold in seeking to be faithful to this Spirit.  A New Testament symbol of the Holy Spirit is fire, which left in the fireplace warms the house but placed on the living room floor rug can burn the house down. Dr. Lin recognizes both that power for good and that danger. I served in Taiwan for 30 years, yet I learned many new lessons in this excellent work. I strongly commend it to all who desire to be better informed, educated and blessed by the Holy Spirit.”
Allen J. Swanson, Author of The Church in Taiwan, Profile 1980, Mending the Nets, and other works.


Judith Lin convincingly shows that Taiwanese Christianity has always been typically open to charismatic sensibilities. She offers us a fascinating narrative of the various streams of influence that led to the flourishing of the charismatic renewal movement in Taiwan after 1980 and insightfully analyzes the movement and the debates that ensued over its significance. Her narrative is well researched and compelling. It contributed a valuable piece to my knowledge of the global Pentecostal and charismatic movement.”
 —Frank D. Macchia, Professor of Christian Theology, Vanguard University, and Associate Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Bangor University, UK

 

“Reading this book, based on valuable oral-history interviews and documents diligently explored from various sources, is like a pleasant journey where travelers would find intellectual surprises one after another. Judith Lin tactfully pictures the growing process of Taiwanese charismatic movement as a dot-connecting widespread web, while denominations, evangelistic organizations, media institutions, churches, and leaders, and laypersons are being staged in the history leading to the current Pentecostalism-colored landscape of Taiwanese Protestantism. The book is definitely a must-read for those interested in Christianity in Taiwan.”
Ke-hsien Huang, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University

 

“Judith Lin has provided us the first major study of the advent of the charismatic movement in Taiwan. The book challenges preconceptions of why Christians embrace the power of the Holy Spirit, and demonstrates the transnational links and practical concerns which afford such growth. It is a must read for students and scholars of Chinese Christianities, world Christianity, and the global Pentecostal-charismatic movement.”
Alexander Chow, author, Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity


“This is undoubtedly a groundbreaking work that makes a great contribution to Global Pentecostal and Charismatic studies as well as the renewal movement in Taiwan. Judith Lin's work provides us with a thorough and perceptive review of the movement on the island, making up for the long-time deficiency of historiography and research in the field of Taiwanese Pentecostalism. With this scholarly work, we will be able to see how Charismatic practices and beliefs have been permeated into local churches, and have brought about a wide impact that is dramatically changing the landscape of Christianity in Taiwan. As Dr. Lin's compatriot and a Taiwanese who has been engaged in Pentecostal studies, I am glad to see her masterpiece to be published, and I believe that this must-read book will inspire scholars to plunge into studies on Christianity in Taiwan.” 
Iap Sian-Chin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity, National Chengchi University, Taiwan; Laity board member for Assemblies of God School of Theology, Taiwan

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Charismatic Movement in Taiwan from 1945 to 1995
Book Subtitle
Clashes, Concord, and Cacophony
Authors
Series Title
Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48084-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48084-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48083-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 332
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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