Xueying Wang

Xueying Wang

Assistant Professor

Primary Field of Study: World Religions and World Church


Ph. D University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Catholicism in China, Confucianism, Mission History

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Examining Similarities and Differences between Catholicism and Confucianism in 17th-Century China: The Example of Zhang Xingyao. (Accepted for publication in the Early Modern Catholic Sources Series. Catholic University of America Press.)

2024. “The Translation of Saints and the Confucian Narrative of Sages in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century in China: The Examples of Alfonso Vagnone, Zhang Xingyao and Yan Mo.” Under review at Intellectual History Review.

2022. “‘The Ancient Rites of China’: Yan Mo 嚴謨on Ancestral Rites during the Chinese Rites Controversy.” Journal of World Christianity, 12(1): 90¬‒112.

2021. “The Concept of the Soul during the Chinese Rites Controversy: The Example of Xia Dachang 夏大常.” Journal of Chinese Religions, 49(2): 169‒190.

2020. “Mencius, Xunzi, Augustine, and John Chrysostom on Childhood Moral Cultivation.” In Confucianism and Catholicism: Reinvigorating the Dialogue. Ed. Philip J. Ivanhoe, Erin Cline, Michael Slater (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press): 109‒134.


Xueying Wang’s research focuses on Catholicism in China, especially the Chinese Rites Controversy (ca. 1630–1742). She pays special attention to the writings of Chinese Catholics, whose voices have traditionally been neglected. She has published articles on the work of Chinese Catholic intellectuals including Yan Mo, Zhang Xingyao and Xia Dachang who offer divergent perspectives on how their Confucian heritage can be harmonized with their newfound Catholic faith. Through careful examination of their writings, Prof. Wang explores theological topics such as ancestral sacrifices, sacrifices made in Confucian temples, and the translation of Catholic concepts into Chinese. She is currently writing a monograph tentatively titled: Chinese Literati on the Rites Controversy: A Comparative Theological Perspective.



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