VIDEO—Xi Lian, “Opposing Totalitarianism in the Name of God”

03.24.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

Xi Lian’s MI Guest Lecture is now available to watch online: “Opposing Totalitarianism in the Name of God: Lin Zhao’s Martyrdom in Mao’s China.”


In 1968, at the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, 36-year-old poet and journalist Lin Zhao was executed inside Shanghai’s Tilanqiao Prison for her open and unbending opposition to what she called the “tyranny and slavery” of Chinese communism under Mao. In this lecture, historian Xi Lian discusses the life and writings of Lin Zhao who became, in the words of the late Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, “the only voice of freedom left for contemporary China.”

About Xi Lian

Xi Lian, Professor of World Christianity at Duke Divinity School, is the author of Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, A Martyr in Mao’s China (2018). His other books include The Conversion of Missionaries: Liberalism in American Protestant Missions in China, 1907-1932 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997) and Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China (Yale University Press, 2010).