Dingjian Xie

Thesis title: Jingjiao Theology: Translation, Doctrine and Religious Practice in Tang China (618-907)


Dingjian, or James, was born and raised in Fujian, China. He studied philosophy and religions at Shandong University, China, and then obtained a Master of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. He also took courses in Hong Kong (Institute of Sino-Christian Studies) in 2015 and in Minnesota, US (Saint John’s University) in 2019.

Undergraduate teaching

History of Christianity as a World Religion (2019-2020) [SEM I & II]

Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (2020-2021) [SEM I]

Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding (2020-2021) [SEM II]

Research summary

His research interests include Christianities in China, Syriac Christianities, and Sinology.

Past project grants

UncoverEd - a collaborative student-led archival project at the University of Edinburgh (http://uncover-ed.org/).

Conference details

The World Christianity & History of Religions with the theme 'Currents, Perspectives and Methodologies for the Study of World Christianity and its Interactions with Other Religions' (Virtual Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, US, 3–6 March 2021).

The 2021 Yale-Edinburgh Conference with the theme 'Oral, Print, and Digital Cultures in World Christianity and the History of Mission' (Virtual Conference, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 22–24 June 2021).

The 2021 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion: Chinese Christianities Unit (San Antonio, Texas US, 20–23 November 2021)

Papers delivered

'The Earliest Biblical Translation by East Syriac Christians in Tang China' at the Princeton Theological Seminary's World Christianity Conference, 2021.

'Change of Medium and the Spread of the Xi'an Inscription' at the 2021 Yale-Edinburgh Conference.

'The Changing Face of Jing 經 as Seen from Christianity in Tang China (618–907)' at the 2021 AAR Chinese Christianities Unit.