The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is the first public university in a Chinese society to establish a Department of Religion. The establishment of this department is closely related to the incorporation of Chung Chi College as one of the three foundation colleges of CUHK. Chung Chi College was founded in 1951 by the representatives of Protestant Churches in Hong Kong. One of the purposes is to inherit the traditions of the 13 Christian colleges and universities in mainland China, including to continue the teaching and research on religion, especially on Christianity and theological education. In 1968, the Department of Philosophy and Religion was established, and in 1978, the Department of Religion became an independent department.

In 2004, the Department of Religion expanded to become Department of Cultural and Religious Studies (DCRS). The Theology Division, which was part of the Religion Department, was renamed The Divinity School of Chung Chi College. For the period 2005-2006, DCRS has altogether established Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, Centre for Catholic Studies, as well as Centre for the Study of Daoist Culture. To keep up with this development, the Divinity School of Chung Chi College (DSCCC), with the support of the Theological Council, has decided to establish the Centre for Christian Studies in the DCRS.

The Chinese translation of ‘Christianity’ refers to the post 16th century Protestant tradition exclusively and neglects the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. Our Centre will focus on all three traditions of Christianity and the exchange with other faith and religious traditions. This would appropriate the multicultural and religious situation of Hong Kong and China to contribute to the understanding of our modern world


Inauguration Ceremony and Seminar
Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK
5 Dec 2006 (Tue) 2:30pm