Ambrose Seminary hosts Chinese theologian

Ambrose Seminary hosts Chinese theologian

by | 15 Oct, 2015
From left to right: Jason Yeung, Ambrose professor of systematic theology; Ambroise Aiming Wang, Nanjing Union Theological Seminary vice president; Gordon T. Smith, Ambrose president; Jo–Ann Badley, Ambrose dean of theology

The Canadian Chinese School of Theology at Ambrose Seminary recently appointed Enoch Wan, Sam Tsang, and Sam Ho as adjunct faculty. The appointments recognize that all three professors will continue to teach Chinese language courses regularly at the seminary.

The school also hosted Ambroise Aiming Wang, vice president of Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, China’s official institute of Christian higher education.

“There are 123 independent or regional seminaries in China, but Nanjing Seminary is the only national seminary,” Wang said.

Wang studied in Switzerland for 11 years, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Basel. Today, he is passionate about teaching theology from a historical perspective.

During his visit to Ambrose, Wang delivered a modular course on historical theology. His survey introduced students to the growth of Christian theological traditions, guiding them through the first doctrinal formulations of the New Testament church right up to the theology of the 20th century.

The desire to educate Chinese language preachers on the history of theology is borne out of Wang’s awareness of the need for theological education in China.

“There are so many churches at the grassroots level, and they urgently need knowledge of church history, doctrines, and traditions," Wang said. "I work for the official government church, but when my students graduate from Nanjing Seminary they often work in house churches. They invite me to support them by teaching their congregations basic theology and the doctrines of the church.”

Members of the Ambrose Faculty were delighted to share a meal with Wang during his visit.

“As we ate together, we had the opportunity to talk about the work that theologians do internationally to facilitate the shalom — the peace and wholeness — of the world,” said Jo–Ann Badley, Ambrose dean of theology.

--Ambrose University

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