Christianity is one of the most rapidly growing religions in Asia. Despite the challenges of political marginalisation, church organisations throughout much of Asia are engaged in activities - such as charity, education and commentary on public morality - that may either converge or conflict with the state's interests. Considering Christianity’s growing prominence, and the various ways Asian nation states respond to this growth, this book brings into sharper analytical focus the ways in which the faith is articulated at the local, regional, and global level.
Contributors from diverse disciplinary and institutional backgrounds offer in-depth analyses of the complex interactions between Asian nation-states and Christianity in the context of modernisation and nation-building. Exploring the social and political ramifications of Christian conversions in Asia and their impact on state policies, the book analyses how Christian followers, missionaries, theologians and activists negotiate their public roles and identities vis-à-vis various forms of Asian states, particularly in the context of post-colonial nation-building and socio-economic development.
This volume represents a critical contribution to the existing scholarship on Christianity's global reach and its local manifestations, and demonstrates the significance of the Asian experience in our understanding of Christianity as a global religion.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict Julius Bautista and Francis Khek Gee Lim 2. Evangelism, the State, and Subjectivity Bryan S. Turner 3. Is Protestant Conversion a Form of Protest? Urban and Upland Protestants in Southeast Asia Oscar Salemink 4. Postwar Japanese Christian Historians, Democracy, and the Problem of Wartime "Christianity on Japanese Terms" Gregory Vanderbilt 5. Negotiating ‘Foreignness’, Localizing Faith: Tibetan Catholicism in the Yunnan-Tibet Borderlands Francis Khek Gee Lim 6. Conversions, Complicity and the State in Post-Independence India Bhagwan Josh 7. Transcending the Local: Chinese Indonesians, the State, and Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity Juliette Koning 8. The Issue of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines: The Roman Catholic Church and the Philippine Government Digna B. Apilado 9. Christian Reactions to Government-led Cremation in South Korea Park Chang-Won 10. Subject to Kings, Presidents, Rulers and Magistrates Greg D. Peterson 11. Christianity in Singapore: The Voice of Conscience? Mathews Mathew 12. About Face: Asian Christianity in the Context of Southern Expansion Julius Bautista
Francis Khek Gee Lim is Assistant Professor in the Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University. He is the author of Imagining the Good Life: Negotiating Culture and Development in Nepal Himalaya, and has published in a number of international refereed journals. His research interests include religion, tourism, and globalization.
Julius Bautista is an anthropologist and is Lecturer at the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, the National University of Singapore (NUS). He concurrently holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, NUS, and has published on topics on Philippine religion and culture in various scholarly forums. His broader interests include material religion and diasporic identity in Southeast Asia.