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Protestant missions in China 1807–1953


Protestant missions in China 1807–1953

In the early 19th century, Western colonial expansion occurred at the same time as an evangelical revival (often called the Second Great Awakening) throughout the English-speaking world, leading to more overseas missionary activity. The nineteenth century became known as "The Great Century" of modern religious missions.

Beginning with the English missionary British East India Company, but were initially restricted from living and traveling in China except for the limited area of the Thirteen Factories in Canton, now known as Guangzhou, and Macau. In the 1842 treaty ending the First Opium War missionaries were granted the right to live and work in five coastal cities. In 1860, the treaties ending the Second Opium War with the French and British opened up the entire country to missionary activity.

Protestant missionary activity exploded during the next few decades. From 50 missionaries in China in 1860, the number grew to 2,500 (counting wives and children) in 1900. Fourteen hundred of the missionaries were British, 1,000 were Americans, and 100 were from Europe, mostly Scandinavia.[1] Protestant missionary activity peaked in the 1920s and thereafter declined due to war and unrest in China. By 1953 all Protestant missionaries had been expelled by the communist government of China.


  • Missionary activity (1807–1842) 1
  • Expanding missionary influence (1842-1900) 2
  • Missionary life in China 3
  • Women missionaries 4
  • Boxer Rebellion (1900) 5
  • Abolition of the opium trade 6
  • Footbinding 7
  • Expansion, setbacks, questioning, and war (1901–1945) 8
  • Final exodus 1945–1953 9
  • See also 10
  • Notes 11
  • Bibliography 12
  • Further reading 13
  • External links 14

Missionary activity (1807–1842)

Until 1842, foreign traders and missionaries in China were required to live in Macau or the Thirteen Factories area in Guangzhou. Travel outside those two areas was forbidden. Wives of foreign traders and missionaries were allowed only in Macau.

In the early years, for Morrison and the missionaries who followed him, life in China consisted of being confined to Macau and the Thirteen Factories area of Guangzhou with only the reluctant support of the East India Company and confronting opposition from the Chinese government and Roman Catholics who had been established in China for more than a century. Morrison's early work mostly consisted of learning the Chinese language and translating the Bible into Chinese. A Chinese law titled "Wizards, Witches, and all Superstitions, prohibited." was revised in 1826 by the Daoguang Emperor to provide for sentencing Europeans to death for spreading Christianity among Han Chinese and Manchus. Chinese Christians who would not repent their conversion were to be sent to Muslim cities in Xinjiang and given as slaves to Muslim leaders and beys.[2]

People of the Western Ocean [Europeans], should they propagate in the country the religion of heaven's Lord, [name given to Christianity by the Catholics] or clandestinely print books, or collect congregations to be preached to, and thereby deceive many people, or should any Tartars or Chinese, in their turn, propagate the doctrines and clandestinely give names (as in baptism), inflaming and misleading many, if proved by authentic testimony, the head or leader shall be sentenced to immediate death by strangulation: he who propagates the religion, inflaming and deceiving the people, if the number be not large, and no names be given, shall be sentenced to strangulation after a period of imprisonment. Those who are merely hearers or followers of the doctrine, if they will not repent and recant, shall be transported to the Mohammedan cities (in Turkistan) and given to be slaves to the beys and other powerful Mohammedans who are able to coerce them. ... All civil and military officers who may fail to detect Europeans clandestinely residing in the country within their jurisdiction, and propagating their religion, thereby deceiving the multitude, shall be delivered over to the Supreme Board and be subjected to a court of inquiry.

The first American missionary to China, Elijah Coleman Bridgman arrived in Guangzhou in 1830. He established a printing press for Christian literature. The first medical missionary to China was American Peter Parker who arrived in Guangzhou in 1835. He established a hospital which gained support from the Chinese, treating thousands of patients.[3]

Expanding missionary influence (1842-1900)

An opium den in 18th-century China through the eyes of a Western artist

The defeat of China by Great Britain in the First Opium War resulted in the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 which opened to trade, residence by foreigners, and missionary activity five Chinese port cities: Guangzhou, Xiamen (Amoy), Fuzhou, Ningpo, and Shanghai to trade, residence by foreigners, and missionary activity.[4] Protestant missionary organizations established themselves in the open cities.

In the Second Opium War (1856-1860) Great Britain and France defeated China. The Convention of Peking in 1860 opened up the entire country to travel by foreigners and provided for freedom of religion in China. Protestant missionary activity increased quickly after this treaty and within two decades missionaries were present in nearly every major city and province of China.

Hong Xiuquan

Christianity and Protestant missionaries played a role in the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). A failed scholar, Hong Xiuquan, read a Christian pamphlet,believed he had a vision, and called on American Baptist missionary Issachar Jacox Roberts to teach Christianity to him. Later, after Hong became the leader of the rebellion, Roberts became an advisor to the Taipings. In 1862, Roberts fell out with Hong, fled for his life, and denounced the Taipings.[5]

Missionary preaching in China using The Wordless Book

The 1859 London Missionary Society, and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Other missionaries were affiliated with Baptists, Southern Baptists, Presbyterians, American Reformed Mission, Methodists, Episcopalians, and Wesleyans.

The Protestant missionary movement distributed numerous copies of the Bible, as well as other printed works of history and science. They established and developed schools and hospitals practicing Western medicine.[6] Traditional Chinese teachers viewed the mission schools with suspicion and it was often difficult for the Christian schools to attract pupils. The schools offered basic education to poor Chinese, both boys and girls. Before the time of the Chinese Republic, they would have otherwise received no formal schooling.[8]

Hudson & Maria Taylor in 1865

Influential Protestant missionaries arriving in China in the nineteenth century included the Americans William Ament, Justus Doolittle, Chester Holcombe, Henry W. Luce, William Alexander Parsons Martin, Calvin Wilson Mateer, Lottie Moon, John Livingstone Nevius, and Arthur Henderson Smith. Prominent British missionaries included James Legge, Walter Henry Medhurst, and William Edward Soothill. Prominent among the China missionaries were idealistic and well-educated young men and women who were members of the Oberlin Band, the Cambridge Seven, and the Student Volunteer Movement.

The slogan of the missionary movement was "The evangelization of the world." Later, to give urgency, the slogan was expanded to be: "The evangelization of the world in this generation."[9] China, resistant to missionary efforts and the most populous country in the world, received a large share of the attention of the burgeoning worldwide missionary movement.

Missionary life in China

The China missionary lived an arduous life, especially in the 19th century. Attrition was high because of health problems and mental breakdowns. Learning the Chinese language was a long-term and difficult endeavor. A majority of missionaries proved to be ineffective. "Of the first fifty-three missionaries sent the China Inland Mission, only twenty-two adults remained in the mission, and of these only four or five men and three or four women were much good.[10] It took about five years of language study and work for a missionary to function in China—and many fledgling missionaries resigned or died before completing their tutelage. Overall, in the 19th century, although missionaries arriving in China were usually young and healthy, about one-half of missionaries resigned or died after less than 10 years of service. Health reasons were the principal reason for resignation. Mortality among children born to missionary couples was estimated to be three times that of infant mortality in rural England. In the late 19th century, health and living conditions began to improve as missionary organizations became more knowledgeable and the number of missionary doctors increased.[11]

A blow to the morale of China missionaries was their low rate of success in the achievement of their primary objective: the conversion of Chinese to Christianity. Robert Morrison in 27 years of missionary effort could only report 25 converts and other early missionaries had similar experiences.[12] The pace of conversions picked up with time but by 1900 there were still only 100,000 Chinese Protestant Christians after nearly a century of endeavor by thousands of missionaries.[13] Moreover, critics charged that many of the Chinese were "Rice Christians", accepting Christianity only for the material benefits of becoming a Christian. Missionaries turned towards establishing hospitals and schools as more effective in attracting Chinese to Christianity than proselytizing.

In Chinese eyes, Christianity was associated with opium, the Taiping Rebellion with its millions of dead, imperialism, and the special privileges granted foreigners and Christian converts under the Unequal Treaties. A Chinese nobleman said of the European and American presence in China: "Take away your missionaries and your opium and you will be welcome."[14]

Women missionaries

Missionary societies initially sent out only married couples and a few single men as missionaries. Wives served as unpaid "assistant missionaries." The opinion of male-dominated missionary societies was that unmarried women should not live unprotected and alone in a foreign country and that the spiritual work of missionaries could only be undertaken by ordained men. Over time, as it became clear that Christian schools were necessary to attract and educate potential Christians and leaders and change foreign cultures that were unreceptive to the Christian message as proclaimed by male missionary preachers.[15] The first unmarried female missionary in China was Mary Ann Aldersey, an eccentric British woman, who opened a school for girls in Ningpo in 1844.[16]

Susie Carson Rijnhart was a missionary, a medical doctor, and an explorer of Tibet.

In the 1860s women's missionary organizations, especially the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and women began to become missionaries around the world in sizable numbers. Women missionaries, married and unmarried, would soon outnumber men. By 1919, American Methodist and Congregationalist (ABCFM) women missionaries numbered more than twice the number of male missionaries in China. The rise of female missionaries to prominence was not without friction with men. An 1888 Baptist conference affirmed that "women's work in the foreign field must be careful to recognize the headship of men." and "the head of woman is the man."[17]

In China, due to cultural norms, male missionaries could not interact with Chinese women and thus the evangelical work among women was the responsibility of missionary women. Female missionary doctors treated Chinese women and female missionaries managed girl's schools. Women missionaries were customarily paid less than men. The Methodists in the 1850s paid a male missionary to China a salary of 500 dollars per year, but the first two unmarried female missionaries the Methodists sent to China, Beulah and Sarah Woolston, received an annual salary of only 300 dollars each. The early unmarried female missionaries were required to live with missionary families.[18] Later, unmarried women missionaries often shared a home. Despite their preponderance in numbers, female missionaries, married and unmarried, were often excluded from participation in policy decisions within missionary organizations which were usually dominated by men. Only in the 1920s, for example, were women given a full voice and vote in the missionary meetings in China of the American Board.[19]

Women missionaries had a "civilizing mission" of introducing Protestant middle-class culture to China, educating Chinese women and "elevating their gender." They played a major role in campaigns against opium and foot binding. The widespread view in Europe and America in the late 19th century was that "Civilization cannot exist apart from Christianity."[20]

Nineteenth-century women missionaries to China included two early explorers of Tibet, Englishwoman Annie Royle Taylor and Canadian Susanna Carson Rijnhart, both of whom undertook much more dangerous expeditions than famous explorers of the day such as Sven Hedin and Aurel Stein.

Boxer Rebellion (1900)

The Boxer Rebellion in 1900 was the worst disaster in missionary history. One hundred and eighty-nine Protestant missionaries, including 53 children, (and many Roman Catholic priests and nuns) were killed by Boxers and Chinese soldiers in northern China. An estimated 2,000 Protestant Chinese Christians also were killed. The China Inland Mission lost more members than any other organization: 58 adults and 20 children were killed.[21]

The Chinese had recognized the rights of the missionaries only because of the superiority of Western naval and military power. Many Chinese associated the missionaries with Western imperialism and resented them, especially the educated classes who feared changes that might threaten their position. As the foreign and missionary presence in China grew, so also did Chinese resentment of foreigners. The Boxers were a peasant mass movement, stimulated by drought and floods in the north China countryside. The Qing dynasty took the side of the Boxers, besieged the foreigners in Beijing in the Siege of the International Legations and was invaded by a coalition of foreign armies, the Eight Nation Alliance. The greatest loss of missionary lives was in Shanxi province where, among others, all 15 members of the Oberlin Band were executed.

The Eight Nation Alliance imposed a heavy indemnity on China which Hudson Taylor of the CIM refused to accept. He wanted to demonstrate "the meekness and gentleness of Christ" to the Chinese.[22] In the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion, the foreign residents in northern China, especially the missionaries, came under attack in their home countries for looting. Missionaries, such as William Ament, utilized United States Army troops to confiscate goods and property from Boxers and alleged Boxers to compensate Christian families for their losses. Critics of such actions included the writer Mark Twain, who called Ament and his colleagues the "reverend bandits of the American Board."

The Boxer Rebellion had a profound impact on both China and the West. The Qing government attempted reform and missionaries found the Chinese more receptive to both their evangelical and their "civilizing" message, but the West lost the certainty of its conviction that it had the right to impose its culture and religion on China.[23] The China Centenary Missionary Conference in 1907 affirmed that education and health were of equal importance with evangelism although traditionalists complained that "education and health are no substitute for preaching."[24] Missionary activities after the Boxer Rebellion became increasingly secular.

Abolition of the opium trade

Map showing the amount of Opium produced in China in 1908

Opium was the Great Britain's most profitable export to China during the 19th century. Early missionaries, such as Bridgman, criticized the opium trade—but missionaries were equivocal. The treaties ending the two opium wars opened up China to missionary endeavor and some missionaries believed that the opium wars might be part of God's plan to make China a Christian nation.[25] Later, as the social message of the missionaries began to compete with evangelism as a priority, the missionaries became more forthright in opposing the opium trade.

In the 1890s, the effects of opium use were still largely undocumented by science. Protestant missionaries in China compiled data to demonstrate the harm of the drug, which they had observed. They were outraged that the British

  • Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity

External links

  • Daily, Christopher A. (2013). Robert Morrison and the Protestant Plan for China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 
  • Cohen, Paul (1978). "Christian Missions and Their Impact to 1900". In Fairbank, John K. The Cambridge History of China. 10 Pt 1. Cambridge University Press. pp. 543–90. . Balanced survey; the Bibliographical essay (pp. 611–24) covers monographs and articles in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
  • Hunter, Jane (1984). The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. 
  • Hutchison, William R (1987). Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  . Lucid explanation of the social philosophy and theology of missions.
  • Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1969). Christianity in a Revolutionary Age. III: The 19th Century Outside Europe; the Americas, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. .
  • ——— (1962). Christianity in a Revolutionary Age. V: The twentieth century outside Europe: the Americas, the Pacific, Asia, and Africa: the emerging world Christian community. .
  • Neils, Patricia, ed. (1990). United States Attitudes and Policies toward China The Impact of American Missionaries. . Research essays.
  • Rabe, Valentin H (1978). The Home Base of American China Missions, 1880–1920. . 299 pp.
  • Thompson, Larry Clinton (2009). William Scott Ament and the Boxer Rebellion: Heroism, Hubris, and the Ideal Missionary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Publishing Company. 
  • Varg, Paul A (1956). "Missionaries and Relations Between the United States and China in the Late Nineteenth Century". World Affairs Quarterly 27 (2): 153–71. .
  • ——— (1958). Missionaries, Chinese, and Diplomats: The American Protestant Missionary Movement in China, 1890–1952. .

Further reading

  • Austin, Alvyn (2007), China's Millions: The China Inland Mission and Late Qing Society, 1832-1905, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdman's 
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  • Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1929), A History of Christian Missions in China, New York: Macmillan . Detailed survey, with quotes from many documents but not so much analysis.
  • Maclay, Robert Samuel (1861), Life among the Chinese: with characteristic sketches and incidents of missionary operations and prospects in China, Carlton & Porter, p. 337, retrieved 2011-07-06 


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See also

In 1900 there were an estimated 100,000 Protestants in China. By 1950 the number had increased to 700,000, an impressive number but still far less than one percent of the total Chinese population. Helped by strong leaders such as John Sung, Wang Ming-Dao, and Andrew Gih, the Chinese Protestant Christian churches became an indigenous movement.

After the victory of the Chinese Communist armies in 1949 and suppression of religion, the members of all missionary societies departed or were expelled from China. Missionaries Arthur Matthews (an American) and Dr. Rupert Clark (British) were placed under house arrest but were finally allowed to leave in 1953. Their wives, Wilda Matthews and Jeannette Clark, had been forced to leave with other missionaries before this. The China Inland Mission was the last Protestant missionary society to leave China.

Final exodus 1945–1953

When the Japanese invaded China in Yangzi River to Chongqing. After Japan went to war with the Western countries in 1941, the Japanese interned Western civilians, including about 1,000 Protestant missionaries, in camps until the end the war in 1945, mostly at the Weihsien Compound in Shandong Province and the Stanley Internment Camp in Hong Kong. The entire ataff and student body of the Chefoo School for missionary children, grades one to twelve, numbering 239 children and adults, were among those interned at Weihsien.[39] Eric Liddell, the Olympic gold medalist, was interned at Weihsien. He died during the war.

In 1934 [38]

Criticism and calls for reform came from within the missionary community. Partly as a result of the [38]

[36] The

Christian missions were especially successful among ethnic groups on the frontiers.For them Christianity offered not only spiritual attraction but resistance to Han Chinese. The British missionary Samuel Pollard, for instance, devised the Pollard Script for writing the Miao language in order to translate the Bible. A musician and an engineer named James O. Fraser was the first to work with the Lisu people of Yunnan in southwest China. This resulted in phenomenal church growth among the various ethnic groups in the area that endured into the 21st century.

Dr. Fred P. Manget (1880–1979) went from Georgia, USA, to Shanghai as a medical missionary in 1909. In 1912, he rented a building in Houzhou to establish a hospital that could hold about 30 beds. At the end of World War I, Dr. Manget returned to Shanghai and discussed with the representative of the Rockefeller Foundation in China about the Foundation’s intention to spread the practice of Western medicine in China. After much negotiation, the Chinese Government agreed to provide 9 acres of land, while the Foundation provided US$30,000 to build a hospital in Huzhou. The remaining needed funds were provided by the Southern Methodist Church and the Northern Baptist Church in the USA. Thus, the small hospital with a small rented building and one doctor was transformed into Huzhou General Hospital (湖州醫院), which had 9 acres of land, over 100 nurses and 100 other personnel, in addition to the most modern medical facilities in China. The facilities included a chemistry laboratory, an X-ray facility and a Nursing School. Later, Japanese troops occupied Huzhou General Hospital. The family members of Dr. Manget were able to leave China for the USA. However, Dr. Manget was not willing to leave China. When he saw how the Japanese troops treated the Chinese people, he pointed out their wrongdoing. As a consequence, he was arrested by the Japanese troops, who accused him of espionage. Later, the Japanese troops released him. Under the strict control of the Japanese troops, Huzhou General Hospital reopened and Dr. Manget worked there for three and a half years.[34][35]

Example of missionary activity during this period include the following. Due to social custom, the women of China were reluctant to be treated by male doctors of Western medicine. This resulted in a demand for female doctors of Western medicine in China. Thus, female medical missionary Dr. Mary H. Fulton (1854–1927)[29] was sent by the Foreign Missions Board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to found the first medical college for women in China. Known as the Hackett Medical College for Women (夏葛女子醫學院),[30][31] it was located in Guangzhou, China, and was enabled by a large donation from Mr. Edward A.K. Hackett (1851–1916) of Indiana, USA. The College was dedicated in 1902 and offered a four-year curriculum. By 1915, there were more than 60 students, mostly in residence. Most students became Christians, due to the influence of Dr. Fulton. The College was officially recognized, with its diplomas marked with the official stamp of the Guangdong provincial government. The College was aimed at the spreading of Christianity and modern medicine and the elevation of Chinese women's social status. The David Gregg Hospital for Women and Children (also known as Yuji Hospital 柔濟醫院) [32][33] was affiliated with this College. The graduates of this College included CHAU Lee-sun (周理信, 1890–1979) and WONG Yuen-hing (黃婉卿), both of whom graduated in the late 1910s [34] and then practiced medicine in the hospitals in Guangdong province.

The Boxer Uprising discredited xenophobia and opened the way for a period of growth in Protestant missionaries and missionary institutions, numbers of Christians, and acceptance by non-Christians. The period from 1900 until 1925 has been called the "Golden Age" for Christian missionaries in China. By 1919, there were 3,300 missionaries in China (not counting their children) divided about equally among married men, married women, and unmarried women and reached a high of 8,000, including children, in 1925. In 1926, civil war, political unrest, competition from ideologies such as Marxism, and the Great Depression saw the missionary enterprise begin to decline.[28]

Expansion, setbacks, questioning, and war (1901–1945)

[27] The rise to prominence of women missionaries also gave rise to missionary opposition to Chinese


In England, the home director of the China Inland Mission, Benjamin Broomhall, was an active opponent of the opium trade; he wrote two books to promote banning opium smoking: Truth about Opium Smoking and The Chinese Opium Smoker. In 1888 Broomhall formed and became secretary of the "Christian Union for the Severance of the British Empire with the Opium Traffic" and editor of its periodical, National Righteousness. He lobbied the British Parliament to stop the opium trade. He and James Laidlaw Maxwell appealed to the London Missionary Conference of 1888 and the Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910 to condemn the trade. As he lay dying, the government signed an agreement to end the opium trade within two years.[26]


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