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Christianity and Patriotism: An Inter-disciplinary and Contextual Reflection

  • Pan-chiu LaiEmail author
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Abstract

The tension between patriotism and religious identity is an acute issue for Chinese Christianity. This chapter reconsiders patriotism from an inter-disciplinary and contextual perspective. It starts with a survey of the academic studies of patriotism from the perspectives of biological and cultural evolution, with a contextual analysis of the problem of patriotism in contemporary China, particularly Hong Kong. Based on the above survey and analysis, together with a review of patriotism from a Christian theological perspective, this chapter concludes with several suggestions concerning whether and how a Chinese Christian may love his/her country. There are several characteristics to this love: free and resistant to hegemony; with criticism and forgiveness; participation in diaspora; universal rather than exclusive; and with proper order.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cultural & Religious StudiesThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, Hong KongP. R. China

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