Archives For August 2012

Christian Movements in Southeast Asia: A Theological Exploration (ed. Michael Nai-Chiu Poon) is an engaging look at the history, theology, and missiology of one of the most religious vibrant areas in the world. The volume is a collection of essays published pulled together by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia and published in partnership with Singapore’s Trinity Theological College.

The essays vary in their scope, from detailed analysis of the emergence of “folk Christianity” to an impassioned plea for Southeast Asian churches to help historians document the rapidly changing religious and cultural landscape of the region. One fairly consistent thread through the essays, however, is the role Pentecostalism has played in helping contextualize Christianity into a variety of different locales and expressions. Continue Reading…

Nothing to Envy?

August 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea offers sweeping insight into the day-to-day living of one of the world’s most closed societies. She draws her accounts from extensive interviews with defectors from North Korea and her own travels in the region.

Demick’s journalistic writing keeps the book moving. She weaves together several narratives to expose the reader to the history, politics, triumphs and trials of North Korea. She has little to offer when it comes to the faith of those in North Korea, but such is not the focus of her book.

What can be found about the faith history of North Korea is interesting, however. She asserts that before Kim Il-sung came to power, North Korea had a vibrant Christian community: Continue Reading…