The Heritage of the Reformation for the Future of the Church in China
The author combines this theological and ethical perspective with the inculturation in the strong ethical tradition of the Chinese culture. He proposes the encounter between the spirituality of the Western culture and that of the traditional culture of China through the relationship with Confucianism. The book also offers elements for the dialogue around modern values such as human rights and civil society. In this dialogue, Chinese Protestantism can play more and more an important role.
5 The Ideal Type III: The Ethical Role of the Church in the Time of the Crisis: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer 425
5 The Ideal Type III: The Ethical Role of the Church in the Time of the Crisis: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer 5.1 Introduction: the Ethical Paradoxes of Church in Modern World After the missionary movement during the 18th and 19th century, the Prot- estant world had formed the global powerful influences along with the Western colonists over the world. Consequently, the dilemma appeared before the church and the theologians in the West. Briefly, the Protes- tantism had benefited the colonialism, the imperialism and the liberalism in the political, cultural and commercial areas in the world, while the trade of the African people as the slavery, the business of the opium and the colonial wars occurred with the rule of the jungle based on the mili- tary power. Where were the Church and the theologians? That process was also the industrialization to transit from the agri- cultural period to the industry period in the human history. Especially since 1870, the human history entered into the new époque with the characteristic of the monopolies in the world markets. The political ide- ologies such the Communism and Capitalism replaced the traditional roles of the institutional religions, which were weakened systematically by the Enlightenment Movement and the positivist theories based on the empirical sciences. The negative effects of the secularization as the con- sequent result of the Reformation started to appear in the social and po- litical life. The church encountered the deep crisis that was the most serious than any time since...
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