Christianity and the Asian Revolution

Rajah B. Manikam, editor. Christianity and the Asian RevolutionThis is a collection of articles about the “Asian Revolution”, that is, the political, economic, social and ideological changes that took place in East Asia in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

This book is reproduced here by kind permission of the copyright holder, the World Council of Churches. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy for scanning.

Rajah B. Manikam, editor. Christianity and the Asian Revolution. India: The Joint East Asia Secretariat of the International Missionary Council and the World Council of Churches., 1954. Hbk. pp.293. [Click to visit download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  • Area and Population Chart

Section I: The Social Revolution in East Asia

  1. What is the Asian Revolution?
  2. The Political Situation
  3. Towards a Nw Economic Order
  4. The Changing Social Scene
  5. Contending Ideologies
  6. Christian Concern for the Asian Revolution

Section II: Resurgent Religions

  1. Patterns of Religious Resurgence in East Asia
  2. Resurgent Hinduism
  3. Buddhism on the March
  4. Islam Today
  5. New Religions in East Asia
  6. The Christian Approach to Non-Christian Religions

Section III: The Church in East Asia

  1. The Churches in the Asian Context
  2. The Churches at Work
  3. The Unfinished Task

Section III: The Church in East Asia

  1. Asian Churchmen Speak

Preface

The proposal to write this book was first discussed at the Ecumenical Study Conference for East Asia, held at Lucknow, India, in December 1952. The plan approved by the Conference was to issue an interpretative volume on “Christianity and the Asian Revolution” in preparation for the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches. It was agreed that Christians in Asia should contribute articles to this volume, and, that it should be edited by the undersigned in his capacity as the Joint Secretary for East Asia of the International Missionary Council and the World Council of Churches.

In using the term ‘Asian Revolution’, we have had in mind much more than the political changes in East Asia during the past twenty-five years. Revolutionary developments have affected every aspect of Asian society. Political, economic, social and ideological changes are discussed in the first section of the book….