Political Movements for Local Members of Christ’s Global Body
Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan
“What do a fruit cart, a 93-year-old concentration camp survivor, and Dataran Merdeka have in common? Not the punch line of a bad joke, but the fact that they were all players in the wave of protests that swept the globe in 2011. Given the variety of overlapping international movements, national political campaigns, and urgent local issues competing for our attention, how should each of us decide what to engage in at a particular point?”
Other essays from Christianity & Citizenship
Power and Governance
Jojo M. Fung, SJ
Recovering the Unspeakable
Avoiding the Void
Engage or Escape?
Tee Shern Ren
The Gospel, Sociopolity, and Malaysian Society
Joshua Woo Sze Zeng
In 2011, we published a collection of essays that explores some common issues that arise when we relate the Christian faith with politics â The Bible and the Ballot: Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today. It opened up discussion ranging from democracy, political preaching, discerning prayer, wisdom to vote, and Christianâs participation in social issues.
Christianity & Citizenship is a follow-up series that focuses on Christiansâ participation as citizens. Like the previous series, the present one is also a collective effort by Christians from different parts of the theological spectrum.
Good theological reflection should always be a dialogue between the Scriptures and the critical issues of the day. It should also be done in community so that in conversation, we see clearer how the Word of God bears on our concerns. Our goal in presenting this series of essays is not merely to deepen our understanding. We also hope they will yield insights for how we ought to live.
~ from the Editorsâ Note