Saturday, November 20, 2010

Books on Christianity in Asia

Here is a list of selected titles from our collection of books on Christianity in Asia:
  • Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict edited by Julius Bautista, Julius and Francis Khek Gee Lim. 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.
  • Biomedical Ethics and the Church: An Introduction by Roland Chia. An introductory exploration of Christian perspectives on issues of bioethics which increasingly face individuals, medical practitioners and researchers, administrators and makers of public policy as well as pastoral counsellors. Part 1 explores theological foundations for bioethics. Part 2 looks at current issues in healthcare, life and death decisions, human genetics and research of various kinds and Part 3 considers bioethics and the role of the Church including in public ethics.
  • Christianity in Asia by M. C. Andrews Kutty. The author of this study of Christianity in Asia teaches religious studies and philosophy at Alagappa University. The wide-ranging account discusses Christianity as a world religion and its social sources and history. Japanese and Chinese expressions of the religion and other ongoing and recent trends are set into their political, social and also philosophical contexts. Index.

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