Studies in World Christianity 27.2

Religious and Political Contestation in Chinese Contexts

Whilst religion and politics are not meant for polite dinner conversations, they have frequently been present at the table amongst scholars of world Christianity, and especially for those who research Chinese contexts. To a great extent, religion and politics have been intertwined throughout Chinese history. We see this in the three major religions or teachings of China – Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism – all of which have vied for space amongst the masses and in the political arena. This has been complicated even further with the rise of the Communist Party of China, which has since the 1980s held a position of tolerance for religion as being a ‘private matter’ with little to no public significance. Adding Christianity into the mix only complicates the picture, given its own multifaceted relationships with religion and politics. Christianity’s historical emphasis on evangelism inevitably invokes reaction in this pluralistic society. Furthermore, despite any restrictions imposed by the ruling party, strands of Chinese Christianity have always had a significant proclivity to exist as a public religion. The four articles in this issue of Studies in World Christianity offer snapshots into various aspects of Christianity’s religious and political contestation in Chinese contexts.

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Book Launch: Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity

This is a recording of an online book launch of the festschrift produced in honour of Professor Brian Stanley, Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity (Brill 2020). The launch included comments from two of the contributors, Professor Dana Robert and Dr Marina Wang, and the honouree.

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What does Jerusalem have to do with the Internet? #YaleEdin2021

On 22 June 2021, the 2021 Yale-Edinburgh conference commenced with the keynote address by Dr Alexander Chow, entitled: What does Jerusalem have to do with the Internet? World Christianity and Digital Culture. We are pleased to make the recording of this keynote publicly available.

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Pre-Conference Videos #YaleEdin2021

As part of this year’s online Yale-Edinburgh conference, we are releasing a series of pre-conference videos prepared by partners from around the globe. You can subscribe and see it on our YouTube channel playlist or on our MediaHopper playlist. Here’s the first of our videos:

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