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    Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. He is an American-born Chinese who was raised in Southern California.  He completed his PhD in theology at the University of Birmingham, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Renmin University of China, where he was doing research in Chinese Christianity and teaching in the School of Liberal Arts, before joining the University of Edinburgh in September 2013. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. He is co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and editor of the Chinese Christianities book series (Notre Dame Press).

    Alex has written a number of articles on Christianity in China, and more broadly, in East Asia. He has written two books, Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; Chinese edition: Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, 2015) and Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018).


    • 2012 PhD (Theology), University of Birmingham, Department of Theology and Religion

    • 2008 ThM (Theology), University of British Columbia, Regent College

    • 2006 MAT (Biblical Studies and Theology), Fuller Theological Seminary



    Selected Articles

    • ‘Jonathan Chao and “Return Mission”: The Case of the Calvinist Revival in China’. Mission Studies 36, no. 3 (Oct 2019): 442–457. DOI: 10.1163/15733831-12341678.

    • ‘Eschatology and World Christianity’. Studies in World Christianity 22, no. 3 (Nov 2016): 201–215. DOI: 10.3366/swc.2016.0156.

    • ‘Wang Weifan’s Cosmic Christ’. Modern Theology 32, no. 3 (July 2016): 384-396. DOI: 10.1111/moth.12260.

    • ‘Calvinist Public Theology in Urban China Today’. International Journal of Public Theology 8, no. 2 (May 2014): 158-175. DOI: 10.1163/15697320-12341340.

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      • American Academy of Religion

      • Society for the Study of Theology

      • Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission

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