Chinese Worldviews Course
Study Abroad in China
Dates: June 18-July 4, 2017
This course is designed for those who will do ministry among the Chinese, whether in North America or in China. The course surveys the core teachings, history and development of Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, folk religions and Christianity in China. Presenters will lecture about the impact of these traditions on Chinese thought and society today. Students will use primary sources, academic survey texts and current articles to supplement the lectures. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical questions and approaches for further study into Chinese thought and Christian worldview.
Chinese Language Tutor Available: Study language for 1 hour each morning.
Field Study Sites
• Forbidden City
• Tiananmen Square
• Temple of Heaven
• Mosque of Xian
• Terra Cotta Warriors
• Xian Stelae Forest
• National Museum
• Summer Palace
• Fay Yun Temple
• Baiyun Temple
• Lama Temple
• Yuan Ming Yuan
• Imperial School
2017 Seminar Facilitators
Rev./Dr. Kurt Selles Adjunt Professor of World Religions, Calvin College
Dr. Kurt Selles received his Ph.D. in History of Christianity in China from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kurt served as the director of the Global Center at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also taught cross-cultural ministries. For 19 years prior to that, he served in Taiwan and China and speaks fluent Chinese. He has led many study programs to China in the past.
Dr. Kevin Yao Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies, Gordon-Conwell Seminary
Dr. Yao’s research interests include the fundamentalist and evangelical movements in China and America; comparative studies of Christianity in China, Korea and Japan; the history of Christian pacifism in China; Chinese traditional religions and culture, and their relation to Christianity and Christian thought in contemporary China.
Program Cost: $1850– includes tuition, housing, field trip costs, and train tickets to Xi’an. Note: visa costs, travel insurance, international airfare and food are not included.
Credit available through Denver Seminary.
Scholarships may be available for seminarians.
Applications open: October 1-May 1
Scholarship deadline: April 1
Ministry Opportunities: Students are eligible to stay and join summer teaching.
How to Apply
Fill out our general interest form and mark that you are interested in the Chinese Worldviews Course. We will then send you the general application!