Liu Xiaofeng (academic)

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Liu Xiaofeng (Chinese: 刘小枫, b. 1956) is a contemporary Chinese scholar and a professor at Renmin University of China. He has been considered the prototypical example of what is called a cultural Christian (Chinese: 文化基督徒; pinyin: wénhuà jīdūtú), meaning a believer who may lack a specific church identification or affiliation, and was, along with He Guanghu, one of the main forerunners of the academic field of Sino-Christian Theology (simplified Chinese: 汉语神学; traditional Chinese: 漢語神學; pinyin: hànyǔ shénxué).[1] However, in recent years, his interest has shifted from studies in Christian theology to the political theories of Leo Strauss.

Biography[edit]

Liu Xiaofeng was born in Chongqing, China, in April 1956.

He completed his Bachelor's of Arts degree in German language and literature at Sichuan International Studies University before beginning his Master of Arts in aesthetics at Peking University in 1982, completing it in 1985. He later received a scholarship to go and study at the University of Basel in Switzerland in April 1989, where he completed his PhD in Christian theology in 1993 on a theological investigation into Max Scheler's phenomenology and critique of modernity.[2] He also undertook an extensive translation effort of historical and contemporary Christian texts. A modern writer commented, "Liu's writings have had a major impact in China not only on those Chinese who think of themselves as Christian, but on those who are interested in broad analysis of China in the context of the world's current cultural and philosophical era."[3]

He is a faculty member of Renmin University of China in the School of Liberal Arts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fällman, Fredrik (2008). Salvation and Modernity: Intellectuals and Faith in Contemporary China. Lanham, MA: University Press of America. pp. 21–39. ISBN 9780761840909. 
  2. ^ Fällman, Salvation and Modernity, 32.
  3. ^ Aikman, David (2003). Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-59698-025-9.