Dr Zhe Gao

Senior Lecturer

Religion Room D19, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Dr Zhe Gao

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About me

I received my B.Ec. (International Economic and Trade, 2003) and M.Phil. (Religious Studies, 2005) from Renmin University of China, and M.A. (Christian Studies, 2006) and Ph.D. (Religious Studies, 2010) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I had taught at Minzu University of China (China) before joining University of Stirling in 2017. I now serve as an Interdisciplinary Senior Lecturer in Religion and Translation, Division of Literature and Languages (2017-) at the University. 


The early stage of my academic research mainly focused on the translatability of Christianity into Chinese culture. As one of the major participants of the Movement of Sino-Christian Studies, I considered all my research related to Christianity as translating activities, whether they are linguistic translations of English Christian literature into Chinese, or re-interpretations of Christian messages in the context of Chinese society and culture, or the practice of inter-faith dialogue between Christianity and Chinese traditions – especially through doing comparative theology. My research was also deeply interdisciplinary, consisting primarily of Christian theology in its most general sense, and lying at the intersection of translation, hermeneutics, economics, and cultural studies interaction.

My first book, 《辛劳与礼物:工作神学批判研究》(Co-creation and Gift: A Critical Study of Theologies of Work, 2015), through reflecting on the two dominant theological approaches to human work after the Reformation, tries to draft a theo-economics of human work based on the concept of “gift”. Most of my academic journal papers either are interdisciplinary Christian studies of public issues or concern the contextualization and inculturation of the Christian faith in modern China, or both. I have also translated four English academic books into Chinese and co-translated several with others.

My more recent research focuses on the history of 'religion' as a modern category in its relation to Chinese intellectual and political narratives since its being introduced to China in the end of 19th century.

Outputs (15)


Website Content

Jasper A, Hass A, Saade B, Darroch F & Gao Z (2019) Religion Under Fire. The Critical Religion Association - Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion [Website content] 05.05.2019.

Conference Paper

Gao Z (2016) A contextual theology without context: A study of the weaknesses of contemporary Sino-Christian Theology. The 6th Roundtable Symposium of Sino-Christian Studies, Shenzen, China, 27.11.2015-30.11.2015. Logos and Pneuma - Chinese Journal of Theology, (45A), pp. 38-70. http://www.iscs.org.hk/Common/Reader/News/ShowNews.jsp?Nid=4821&Pid=13&Version=0&Cid=37&Charset=iso-8859-1

Authored Book

Gao Z (2015) Catholicism. Beijing: China Democracy and Legal System Publishing House.



RELU9A2 Religion, Nationalism and Colonialism RELU914 Inventing Religion: Origins, Methods and Critique RELU9RC Religion and Politics in China RELU9MM Religion, Capitalism and Consumerism RELU9AD Critical Introduction to Christianity TRNU9A5 Practical Translation II TRNU9A7 Practical Translation III