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Political Theology Needs Its Own “Pivot To Asia” (Kwok Pui-Lan)

This essay first appeared as part of an announcement for the print journal Political Theology in July, 2016.  It is reprinted here because of its timeliness.  The original posting can be found here. When scholars discuss modern political theology, they usually refer to Carl Schmitt’s book Political Theology as the founding […]

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Chinese Democracy?

This is the second of a series of five articles on understanding China today. The articles cover politics, economics, culture and religion, since all of these are important for making some sense of what is happening. Each topic is approached from the Marxist tradition, for this is a key that […]

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How to Understand China: Study Marxism

This is the first of a series of five articles on understanding China today. The articles cover politics, economics, culture and religion, since all of these are important for making some sense of what is happening. Each topic is approached from the Marxist tradition, for this is a key that is too often ignored. The

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Negotiate Globally, Advocate Nationally: An American Catholic Response to the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

On Wednesday, November 12, the United States and China agreed to national carbon emission reductions. On the one hand, both countries are already set to meet their respective reduction targets based on existing commitments. On the other hand, the deal is significant because it signals that the world’s two largest […]

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The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom: Revolutionary Christianity Arrives in China

Is the Taiping Revolution (1850-1864) the moment when the revolutionary Christian tradition arrives in China? I suggest that it is precisely such a moment, for a number of reasons. These include a radical reinterpretation of the Bible, a thorough challenge to the underlying structures of existing power, a communistic way of life, and the development of a distinctly new religious form.

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Is Belief the Problem?

During my recent trip to China, I was asked: ‘Do you think China’s problem is that we don’t believe?’ ‘What do you mean?’ I said. ‘A Western religion like Christianity assumes that you must believe’, my companion said. ‘You must have an existential commitment to the cause. In China we […]

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