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History of Christianity in China; Systematic Theology

20122023

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Chinese Name

郭偉聯

Biography

I received MDiv and ThM in Christianity and Chinese Culture Studies from Alliance Bible Seminary, PhD in Theology from King’s College London, and MSocSc in Counselling with distinction from City University of Hong Kong. My research areas are 1. history of Christianity in China; 2. Chinese Christian social participation; 3. systematic theology: narrative theology and the doctrine of the Trinity; 4. Interdisciplinary study between theology and narrative therapy.

 

I have published 5 monographs, 32 peer reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, edited two books, and edited 1 special issue of an A&HCI journal. Since I joined HKBU in 2012, I have received three 3-years research grants (HKD557,000, HKD406,964 and HKD264,400) as principal investigator from General Research Fund of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong.

 

In teaching, I have received President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching of HKBU in 2018. I am a team member of a funded project (HKD6,087,998) under the Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning (2016-2019 Triennium) of University Grant Council. I also help the Department to get a grant of HKD1,000,000 for whole person education from Tin Ka Ping Foundation.

 

I was Assistant Research Officer of Chinese Culture Research Centre at China Graduate School of Theology, Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of Christianity and Chinese Culture Research Centre at Alliance Bible Seminary. I am currently Associate Dean of Arts, Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Theology, and Associate Director of the Centre for the Sino-Christian Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. I was visiting scholar at King’s College London, the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. I was Langham Scholar when I studied my PhD at King’s College London.

 

I served as the President of the Society for the Study of the History of Christianity in China (2018-2020); member of the Church History and Archive Committee of the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union; and member of the Theological and Current Affairs Committee of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Union of Hong Kong (2009-2019). For public engagement, I have been invited by the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Christianity Today to talk on public theology and Christian social participation.

Research Interests

1. history of Christianity in China; 2. Chinese Christian social participation; 3. systematic theology: narrative theology and the doctrine of the Trinity; 4. Interdisciplinary study between theology and narrative therapy; 5. Peace Studies

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