The Hong Kong protests that began in the second half of 2019 captured the world’s attention as demonstrations against an extradition bill grew into a larger civil liberties movement. While protests began as peaceful demonstrations, the disproportionate police force with which the government responded escalated the situation to an international crisis.
Kwok Pui-lan and Francis Ching-wah Yip bring together an international cohort to discuss the relation between Christianity and Communism and the neoliberal economy, as well as civil disobedience, religion and social movements, and the roles of the churches in social conflict. This interdisciplinary volume showcases theological reflections by many scholars and activists in Hong Kong.
KWOK Pui-lan is Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion.
Francis Ching-wah YIP is associate professor and director of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
This book represents public theology at its best. It dispels once and for all the myth that theology is an academic exercise done in an ivory tower, and it invites theologians to defend democracy and the freedom of speech.
Two distinguished theologians, Kwok Pui-Lan and Francis Ching-wah Yip, give due tribute to the resilience of Hongkongers and the endurance yet precarity of their protests. In collaboration with home and international interlocutors, The Hong Kong Protests and Political Theology is activism in print, in the proud tradition of liberation theologies.
A fine example of contextual theology in Asia 2.0 enhanced by postcolonial thinking. A must-read for everybody interested in political theology in intercultural perspective.
Political theology is always a living theology attached to particular life experiences. This volume has contributed to a vital political theology developed from the struggles of all types of people in Hong Kong through their life and death witness. It’s challenging and full of inspiration.