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Spreading the Gospel:
Christian Posters in Early 20th Century China

Presented by: Daryl Ireland

Research Assistant Professor of Mission, Boston University School of Theology  

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This event is part of

Exploring Christianity and Culture in China:

Today and Yesterday


A collaborative public lecture series sponsored by

the US-China Catholic Association, ChinaSource, and the China Academic Consortium


This event is being hosted by Wheaton College Billy Graham Hall, where the event will be held 
and is co-sponsored by Christianity Today.


Wednesday, April 26 @ 7:00 pm CDT

Billy Graham Hall - Barrows Auditorium 
Wheaton College
500 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Between 1919 and 1949, posters were the most common Christian visual imagery in China. They were printed by the millions and hung in tea rooms, on city walls, and on temple gates. Posters were put up in houses and churches; they were unfolded for street evangelism. They were extremely popular because they were aesthetically pleasing, symbolically rich, yet easy to understand. Unlike theological treatises written by Chinese theologians, these images were designed by laypeople and intended for popular consumption. In this lecture, Daryl Ireland (Boston University) will showcase some of the 700 Chinese Protestant and Catholic posters he has located, and explain why they are changing the way we think about Chinese Christianity.

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture. If you are unable to attend in-person, please register to receive a link to a video recording following the event.

Daryl Ireland is a Research Assistant Professor of Mission at Boston University, where he focuses on the history of Christianity in Asia, as well as the intersection of International Development and Faith. He is the author of John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man (2020). His book, Visions of Salvation: Chinese Christian Posters in an Age of Revolution will be published in April.

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about Daryl Ireland


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