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Prof. LAI  Pan Chiu

Prof. LAI Pan Chiu


BA, MDiv (CUHK) ; PhD (Lond.)

About Prof. LAI Pan Chiu

Lai Pan Chiu usually teaches courses related to the study of Christianity, religious pluralism, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Science, etc.


He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals / book series, and delivered a lecture series at the Heidelberg Ecumenical Forum at the University of Heidelberg in 2002 and the Edward Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham in 2006. 


His publications consist of more than 10 research monographs, more than 20 journal special issues / edited books, and more than 150 journal articles / book chapters.  


His book Mahayana Christian Theology (2011) received the 33rd Christopher Tang Christian Literature Award as well as the 6th Gold Medallion Christian Book Award.

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    • Chinese Christian Theology
    • Modern Christian Thought
    • Inter-religious Dialogue
    • Christianity and Chinese Culture
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Religion & Natural Science

    1. Principal Investigaotor, “Religious Ethics in Asian Context”, Centre for the Study of Religious Ethics and Chinese Culture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-2021)
    2. Co-Investigator, “St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology” (Contributtion: Budhdism and Chiistianity), University of St Andrews University, Scotland; funded by John Templeton Foundation (2020-2021).
    1. Lai Pan-chiu. Towards a Trinitarian Theology of Religions: A Study of Paul Tillich's Thought. Kampen, the Netherlands: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1994.  9 reviews received. Chinese translation 2000, with 3 reviews.   
    2. Lai, Pan-chiu. “Paul Tillich and Ecological Theology.” The Journal of Religion (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 79.2 (April 1999), pp.233-249.
    3. 賴品超編著。《近代中國佛教與基督宗教的相遇》The Encounter between Buddhism and Christianity in Modern China。香港:道風書社,2003。3 reviews received. Revised and expanded edition 2008. 
    4. 賴品超、林宏星合著。《儒耶對話與生態關懷》Christian-Confucian Dialogue and Ecological Concern。北京:宗教文化出版社,2006。2 reviews received.
    5. Lai, Pan-chiu. “Sino-Theology, Bible and the Christian Tradition.” Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) 12.3 (2006), pp.266-281. Modified French version: “Sino-théologie, Bible et tradition chrétienne,” Transversalités: Revue de l’Institut Catholique de Paris 103 (Juillet-Septembre 2007), 129-151. Reprinted in: Pan-chiu Lai & Jason Lam (ed.), Sino-Christian Theology: A Theological Qua Cultural Movement in Contemporary China (Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 161-177. Substantially revised and updated version: Pan-chiu Lai, “Sino-Christian Theology and Bible in China,” Oxford Handbook of Bible in China, edited by K. K. Yeo (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021).
    6. 賴品超。《大乘基督教神學:漢語神學的思想實驗》Mahayana Christian Theology: Thought-Experiments of Sino-Christian Theology。香港:道風書社,2011。5 reviews received.
    7. 賴品超。《廣場上的漢語神學》Sino-Christian Theology in the Public Square。香港:道風書社,2014。2 reviews received.
    8. Lai, Pan-chiu. “Karl Barth and Universal Salvation: A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective.” In: Karl Barth and Comparative Theology, edited by Christian T. Collins Winn and Martha Moore-Keish (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), pp. 85-104.
    9. Lai Pan-chiu. “Subordination, Separation, and Autonomy: Chinese Protestant Approaches to Religion-State Relation.” Journal of Law and Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) 35.1 (April 2020), 149-164.
    10. 賴品超。《宗教都是殊途同歸?宗教研究與漢語神學的視角》Divergent Religious Paths to Convergent End? Perspectives of Religious Studies and Sino-Christian Theology。香港:道風書社,2020.11。


  • Other Projects
    1. Contemporary Chinese Christian Discourses on Religious Diversity, Research Grants Council General Research Fund 2014/15.
    2. Christian Theological Responses to Mahayana Buddhism, Research Grants Council General Research Fund, 2009-2010.
    3. Cultural Christians in Cultural and Theological Perspectives, Research Grants Council General Research Fund, 2007-2008.
    4. Heavenly Kingdom and Pure Land: Transformation of their Interpretations in Modern Chinese Buddhism and Christianity, Co-investigator: Prof. Xue Yu, Competitive Earmarked Research Grant 2005-6.
    5. Chinese-Christian Identity in Migration: Protestant Theology in Hong Kong 1950s-70s, Competitive Earmarked Research Grant 2004-5.


    Achievements / Awards
    1. Speaker of the Fourth Heidelberger Ecumenical Forum, 3 lectures on “Christianity and Chinese Culture”, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 31 May - 1 June 2002.
    2. Speaker of the Edward Cadbury Lectures 2006, 8 lectures on “Experiments in Mahayana Christian Theology”, University of Birmingham, 20-30 March 2006.
    3. My book Mahayana Christian Theology: Thought-Experiments of Sino-Christian Theology (2011) received the 33rd Christopher Tang Literature Award (Theology Stream) in 2012, and the Best Author Award (Academic Section), 6th Golden Book Award (bi-annual award for publications in 2011 & 2012), Association of Christian Publishers, Hong Kong, in 2013.


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