This essay examines exceptionalism, militarism and the post-colonial empire in the context of Mainland China. It argues that in a society where people have limited freedom of religion, Christology assumes far greater significance. If theology is not compatible with the culture, the church will not grow. Liberating Christology in the Chinese context thus depends on its ability to enculture successfully with the philosophical outlook linked to the core of Chinese identity. This paper offers renewed understandings of the models of Sin and Empire to critique the power discourse promoted by the dominant consciousness. The final section provides a series of Christological titles derived from Taoist philosophy that challenges the silence of religious groups imposed by the state.
Rene Guo, '18 was born in Hunan, China, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Theology at Denison University. He has a robust call to college chaplaincy and social justice ministry, with a particular focus on systematic theology, black womanist thought, and liberation theology.
"A Chinese Liberation Christology: Jesus, the Redeemer of Sin and Empires,"
Denison Journal of Religion: Vol. 17, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.denison.edu/religion/vol17/iss1/4