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The political contexts of religious exchanges: a study on Chinese protestants' international relations

Politische Kontexte von religiösen Interaktionen: eine Studie zu den internationalen Beziehungen chinesischer Protestanten
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Brandner, Tobias

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Abstract "This article surveys the complex ecumenical, missionary and international church relations of Chinese Protestant Christians. It argues that the inter-church relations to other parts of Asia are overshadowed by relations to Christians in the West, thus reflecting a political preoccupation with relationships to the West. This is evidenced by an analysis of worldwide and Asian ecumenism as well as bilateral church and missionary relationships. The dominance of contacts with the West not only contradicts the idea of a multipolar world and increased South-South contacts, it also stands in contrast to the reality of growing and increasingly important Christianity in Asia. Methodologically, this paper analyses different kinds of international relations (multilateral and bilateral, inter-church and missionary) and develops a typology of different inter-church and inter-state relations to assess international church relations in Asia today. The typology shows how China's international church relations support its political relationships with its neighbours and beyond." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; Protestant; Protestantism; international relations; international communication; neighborhood; bilateral relations; world order; worldview; Christianity; minority; minority policy; regional integration; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Sociology of Religion; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method applied research; descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 149-179
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 3
Issue topic Local autonomy and welfare policy in greater China
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works