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Theologie im Spannungsfeld von Kirche und Politik - Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics

Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday


Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan

Die 39 Beiträge dieses Sonderbandes beleuchten das Thema Theologie im Spannungsfeld von Kirche und Politik aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven. Neben historischen Aspekten werden sowohl politisch-zeitgeschichtliche Fragen als auch ethische Problemstellungen bedacht. Weitere Aufsätze widmen sich der praktisch-theologischen Reflexion und Konkretion im Rahmen der christlichen Gemeinde, wie auch der Relevanz des Themas in außereuropäischen politisch-kulturellen Kontexten. Der internationale Autorenkreis setzt sich überwiegend aus Kolleginnen und Kollegen, Schülerinnen und Schülern des Regensburger Systematikers Hans Schwarz zusammen. Im Rahmen der Regensburger Summer School 2014 haben sie damit auch das Lebenswerk von Hans Schwarz anlässlich von dessen 75. Geburtstags gewürdigt, in dem das theologisch geleitete Umgehen mit der säkularen Welt eine wichtige Rolle spielt.
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75 th birthday, in whose work the engagement of theology with the secular world plays a major role.
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Civil Disobedience – An Impact on the Hong Kong Churches


Pilgrim W.K. Lo


The Chinese Government promised a universal suffrage. The worry about sincerity of the Chief Executive election’s plan for 2017 caused an “Occupy Central with Love and Peace” (OCLP) campaign. The essay shows that the aims of the OCLP campaign do not contradict Luther’s two-kingdom’s doctrine.

Hong Kong (HK) citizens were in general regarded as politically apathetic under the British regime.1 Although the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration2 in December 1984 caused a tidal wave of migration, reaction to such political issue was rather passive.3 The Communist regime and particularly the impact of Cultural Revolution were scaring off Hong Kong citizens to be involved in this political change. The majority of remaining citizens chose to resign to their fate silently. Another small group of 23 people from HK including several democrats together with 36 Mainland members4 were appointed to form “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Basic Law Drafting Committee” (BLDC) in June 1985 soon after the signing. The BLDC was a working group under the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the draft of ← 539 | 540 → HK Basic Law after 1997. This marked a significant political participation of HK citizens in its history.

On 4 April 1990 the final draft of the Basic Law was adopted by the Seventh NPC of the PRC. According to the Basic Law both the Chief Executive (CE)5 and all members of the Legislative...

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