He Guanghu (born 1950; Chinese: 何光沪) is a Chinese scholar of philosophy of religion and Christian theology. He is considered one of the leading "cultural Christians" in China, intellectuals who see Christian culture as a key to rebuilding Chinese civilization.


Born in Guiyang, he was sent to the countryside to work during the Cultural Revolution. After the resumption of tertiary education in China in the late 1970s, he pursued studies in religion, completing a PhD in 1989 from the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was a researcher at the Institute of World Religions from 1989 to 2001, and was a Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Philosophy at Renmin University of China from 2001 until his retirement.[1]

He is considered one of the leading "cultural Christians" in China. He has argued for Christianity's significance in the religious pluralism of China, and for the importance of Christian theology articulated in one's mother tongue.[1][2]

He signed the human rights manifesto Charter 08 and the Oxford Consensus 2013.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Chow, Alexander (2018). Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity. Oxford University Press. pp. 70–91, 170–171. ISBN 978-0-19-880869-5.
  2. ^ Fällman, Fredrik (2008). Salvation and Modernity: Intellectuals and Faith in Contemporary China. University Press of America. pp. 21, 61, 84–85. ISBN 978-0-7618-4090-9.
  3. ^ Link, Perry (15 January 2009). "China's Charter 08". The New York Review. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ Times, The New York (18 October 2013). "Full Text of the Oxford Consensus 2013". Sinosphere Blog. Retrieved 2 December 2020.