A Letter from China

Deal W. Hudson
December 16, 2014

Publisher’s note: This past September I had the great privilege of visiting China to help with the work of the University Foundation Education Instruction Centre. Alan Zou, its president, and Phil Sheldon, vice president and son of the well-known evangelical leader Lou Sheldon, are evangelical Christians who started this ministry to provide opportunities for Chinese high school students to enter top universities in the United States. Along with Phil and Alan, who translated, I spoke to hundreds of students at elite high schools all over China.

The presentations were very well, actually enthusiastically, received with many students being interested in my graduate school

Phil Sheldon greeting some high school students.

Phil Sheldon greeting some high school students.

alma mater, Emory University. Alan and Phil use those presentations to make modest, and appropriate, mention of their Christian faith. Naturally, I made a pitch, also modest, for the Catholic faith and the importance of its rich intellectual and cultural tradition.  Again, the students, as well as the teachers, were not mere gracious but grateful for our presence.

Knowing of the launch of The Christian Review, Alan Zou has written the following note to me, which I greatly appreciate.  I look forward to publishing the thoughts of our Christian friends from China, both Evangelical, and Catholic.  In a quiet way, China is undergoing a spiritual revolution that will one day change the world.


Dear Deal,

On the occasion of Christmas Day, I, on behalf of UFEIC Bilingo-China, am writing to extend my warmest greetings to you and my congratulations on the launch of The Christian Review.  Merry Christmas!

The past year witnesses our sincere communications on International Education Program and joint efforts in bringing the best potential students to the US top universities. We will never forget your excellent speeches, charming elegant demeanor, whole-hearted emersion, friendly cooperation and the broad perspectives you’ve brought to our team in the campaigns. It is your participation and guidance without reservation that makes us feel more confident in our ability to help the students in China. Now we have built a preliminary communication channel between our students and your university, which is actually the dream of nearly all the Chinese students preparing to apply for your university.

However, the best educations always favor those elites, so it’s not surprising that the top universities are usually rigorous and critical in reviewing each student’ application. However, some students were not born with superhuman genius, or may not be smart enough; but in the eyes of the God, they are equal and each student has his own special talent. The reason why we tend to ignore their glittering points is that we teachers from Chinese traditional education system have seldom tried to discover and develop their heavenly inner world with our heart. UFEIC Bilingo-China is such an organization who feels a great sense of responsibility for each student’s future success. To find the best solutions to those students’ plan of education and career, we’ve never felt reluctant to devote more time and more energy to our daily job; meanwhile, we still need your continuous support and more of your instructions on application issues.

As we all know, the way to success is full of difficulties. However, with your warm-hearted support, everything seems not so hard or too far to reach. During the days when you’re not here in China, we are missing you so much. Sincerely look forward to your visiting China again. We are expecting you’re bringing good news from the other side of the world. Once again, I would like to present all our blessings of a beautiful Christmas season. May happiness follow you everywhere …just like we do. Take care, let’s keep in touch, and may The Christian Review proper and grow!

Sincerely yours,

Allen Zuo

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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