Atheist-Raised, Christian Convert Jing “Cathy” Zhang Will Lecture at Baylor University

April 4, 2014
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WACO, Texas (April 4, 2014) – The Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University and Baylor University Press will co-sponsor a lecture by Jing "Cathy" Zhang, assistant to the director at Renmin University of China’s School of Liberal Arts. Her lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Zhang, whose interests include exploring ancient civilizations and their literature, will present her topic "Christianity and Chinese Culture: Past and Future" in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

Though Christianity has long been spread throughout China, conversions to the faith did not truly take off until the 1980s. Part of this change is attributed to the differences between Christianity and Chinese culture. Zhang’s lecture will compare historical and present-day cases, showing changes in relations between the two cultures and new challenges for Chinese Christians today.

A member and lay leader of Haidian Christian Church, which has 10,000 members, Zhang tries to use her God-given gifts to better serve the church and the intellectuals in China. As the first convert in a family influenced by Chinese traditional religions, and as an intellect trained and educated in an atheist context, she understands the challenges and barriers for believing in Christ in China.

To register for this event visit here. For more information about this and other ISR events, call 254-710-7555.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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