Academic Symposium in Honor of Watchman Nee Held Virtually

A historical picture of Watchman Nee, founder of Christian Assembly (Little flock) in Shanghai
A historical picture of Watchman Nee, founder of Christian Assembly (Little flock) in Shanghai
By Li ShiguangNovember 14th, 2022

The "Symposium Series of Passing on the Torch of Learning- Watchman Nee Memorial Conference" was sponsored by the Journal of Research for Christianity in China online.

This academic seminar was also co-organized by the Center for the Study of Christianity and China in Los Angeles, USA, and the Institute of Christianity and Chinese Culture at GETS Theological Seminary (Global Enrichment Theological Seminary) on November 5.

The conference included 11 topics, the first four of which were "Christian School Education and Three Generations of the Nee Family", "Influence of Education of Western Missions (the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, American Methodist Episcopal Mission, and Anglican Church Missionary Society) on Ni Yucheng's family and Watchman Nee's Church View", "Watchman Nee and Financial Self-Support of Chinese Christianity", and "War, Mission and the End Times: Watchman Nee's Eschatology in the Global Local Context".

The left seven were "An Exploration of Watchman Nee's Life and Theological History", "See Watchman Nee and the Local Church From Two Perspectives of Anti-Christian Movement and Localization of Christianity", "The Debate Between Contemporary Chinese Church and Nee’s Theory of ‘Spirit, Soul, and Body’", "The Literary Characteristics and Thoughts of Nee's Hymns", "A Preliminary Study of Nee's Spiritual Thoughts", "The Characteristics and Contributions of Nee's Thoughts", "The Value of Nee's Views on the Bible from the Perspective of Karl Barth".

It was attended by more than 30 scholars in the field of religious studies.

Born in Fuzhou, Fujian, Nee was the first Chinese Christian to have a significant influence on Western Christians, and the initiator of the "Local Church" movement and calling on Chinese Protestant congregations to submit to the socialist ideology. He emphasized a deep spiritual life for early Chinese Christians.

- Translated by Abigail Wu

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