China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot be Hidden. By Brent Fulton. Eugene, OR, USA, Pickwick Publications 2015. Pp. ix + 145. $21.00.
One of the greatest forces to remould the landscape of mainland China in the last two decades has been the country’s push towards rapid urbanisation. Contrary to the measured approach the sociologist Fei Xiaotong recommended to the communist cadre, the speed of constructing and populating China’s urban centres has undoubtedly resulted in many significant societal challenges. Likewise, urbanisation has had significant consequences for the church in China which once was known as having a ‘Christianity fever’ amongst the rural poor but is now seeing a formidable force of urban intellectuals and entrepreneurs.
The volume under review addresses this complex reality. Continue reading “Brent Fulton’s ‘China’s Urban Christians’ – A Book Review”
The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. By Amos Yong. Downers Grove, IL, USA, IVP Academic 2014. Pp. 255. $25.00.
In 2009, Soong-Chan Rah published a book with IVP entitled The Next Evangelicalism as his manifesto for the North American evangelical church to realise that it, like the global church, was becoming more and more ethnically diverse and needed to free itself from what he calls the ‘White Babylonian captivity’.1 The book currently under review by Amos Yong tackles a similar subject. However, instead of a battlecry, this recent publication by IVP is an investigation into what the future holds for North American evangelical theology, broadly understood, as it necessarily engages with the growing phenomenon of Asian American evangelicalism and its theological concerns. Continue reading “Amos Yong’s ‘The Future of Evangelical Theology’ – A Book Review”
Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. By Simon Chan. Downers Grove, IL, USA, IVP Academic 2014. Pp. 217. $22.00.
Simon Chan’s latest monograph, published by IVP Academic in 2014, aims to shift the Asian theological discourse from ‘elitist theology’ (e.g., Minjung theology, Dalit theology, C. S. Song, Kosuke Koyama, etc.) towards ‘grassroots theology’. Continue reading “Simon Chan’s ‘Grassroots Asian Theology’ – A Book Review”