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Faculty of Divinity



Songzan Xu is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Divinity. Prior to joining Cambridge, he completed his BA in Chinese Literature and MA in Religious Studies in mainland China and Taiwan. His research interests lie in World Christianity (in particular with global Chinese Christianity and Asian Contextual Theology), and he has published four monographs and dozens of journal papers. He is studying the interactions between Watchman Nee's Little Flock movement and American Evangelical/Charismatic movements in California, and exploring the way World Christianity and contextual theology are re-conceptualized through the "reverse mission" flows. He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Research for Christianity in China.


Global Chinese Christianity and Diasporic Spirituality

Multi-directional Flows, Reverse Mission, and Knowledge Exchange of World Christianities

Watchman Nee and Mystical Traditions

Asian/Chinese Contextual Theology


Key publications: 



1. From Other to Self: Indigenous Practice and Intercultural Dialogues of Sino-Christianity (in Chinese), Taipei: Chinese Christian Literature Council (Taiwan) & Taoyuan: Chung Yuan Christian University, 2021.

2. Songs of China’s Galilee: Canaan Hymns and Contemporary Chinese House Churches (in Chinese), Taipei: Chinese Christian Literature Council (Taiwan) & Taoyuan: Chung Yuan Christian University, 2020. 

Journal Papers
1. 'Hymns and the Singing Community: The Formation of the Canaan Hymns in Contemporary Chinese Churches' (with Xiaoli Yang), Review of Religion and Chinese Society 9 (2022): 151-169.
2. 'The Community Identity and Symbolic Construction of Intellectuals in China’s Christian House Churches: A Case Study in Chengdu,' Taiwan Journal of Religious Studies 17 (2018): 227-249. 
3. 'The Creation of ‘Sino-Christian Hymns’: From the Perspective of the Indigenization of Chinese Christianity,' Ching Feng: A Journal on Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture 16 (2017): 225-240. 

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