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Mingdao, Wang (1900–1991)

  1. Thomas Alan Harvey

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0907

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Harvey, T. A. 2011. Mingdao, Wang (1900–1991). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Wang Mingdao is recognized as one of the most influential Chinese church leaders of the 20th century. After leaving his position as a teacher in Presbyterian college in Baoding owing to conflicts with missionaries over Christian Pacifism and believer's baptism, Wang entered a period of self-imposed isolation and intense self-study of the Bible. Emerging in 1923 he began preaching in churches throughout Northern China. By 1927 his preaching tours had spread throughout China. One of China's first mass evangelists, his sermons held large audiences spellbound. His preaching was practical and powerful and he was willing to criticize foreign missionaries as well as modernists and Protestant liberals who questioned the historical veracity and authority of Scripture.


  • Mingdao, Wang (1900–1991);
  • influential chinese church leaders, 20th century;
  • china's first mass evangelists;
  • legacy of wang mingdao;
  • essays critical, of the three-self campaign