This article is the posthumous manuscript of R.G. Tiedemann, the famous overseas scholar of Chinese history. It criticizes both the Saintly Biographic narrative of Christian history by church scholars and the total negation of missionaries as enemies by anthropological researchers. At the same time, it questioned the Orientalism and Post-colonialism in the Western study of the history of Christianity in China rising since late 20th century. It emphasizes that we should study the reasons for the development of Christianity in China from the perspective of the Chinese people, and also study why Western missionaries left their motherland to preach in China, which was sometimes dangerous. He believes that these common experiences of human destiny deserve more careful and serious academic scrutinization.
【原文链接】［德］狄德满 著 陶小路 译：《西方中国基督教研究的新方法》发表于《济南大学学报》（社会科学版）2021年第3期