By Pak Nung Wong
Qualifying post-Westphalian sovereign statehood as a ‘power’ as argued for in Hendrik Berkhoff’s political theology, this booklet addresses the decades-long theological-spiritual debate among Christian realism and Christian pacifism in U.S. international coverage and worldwide Christian circles. It ways the controversy through delving into the pacifist Anabaptist political theology and delineates empirically how sovereign statehood in post-colonial Africa and Asia has fallen into the arms of the satan devil, as a ‘fallen strength’ within the Foucaultian phrases of strength buildings, thoughts and episteme. whereas the ebook bargains intervention schemes and techniques, it holds that Christian statecraft is still the resource of wish to successfully deal with a few severe international matters. by means of extension, the ebook is hence a call for participation to ignite debates at the suitability of Christian statecraft and the nexus among spirituality and global politics, making it particularly fascinating for students and scholars within the fields of overseas Politics, Politics of Asian and African States, Post-colonial stories and Political Theology.
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Last is on the praxis of nonviolence. Among the Christian pacifist churches such as the Anabaptist–Mennonite churches, members are advised against joining the state’s coercive forces such as the military and police. Even legislation for military budget in the parliament is not considered appropriate. g. anticommunism) and restrain the use of violence for the sake of a peaceful and just social environment mainly for the church to spread the Gospels (Hershberger 1969: Appendixes 10 and 11). Despite the aforementioned divergences and practices, there are nevertheless a few common positions consented by the Christian realists and Christian pacifists.
Discerning the Powers in Post-Colonial Africa and Asia: A Treatise on Christian Statecraft by Pak Nung Wong