Seeking justice in the Midst of War: The experience of war for Chinese Christians as Revealed in the True Light Review, 1937-1941

Wai Luen KWOK*

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Abstract

This paper aims to offer a critique of the traditional just war theory and pacifist claims through analysing how Chinese Christians as civilians sought a sense of justice in the midst of war through the medium of a Christian periodical. During 1937 to 1941, The True Light Review was edited and published in the isolated Shanghai International Settlement. Through a dialogue with the debate of the Niebuhr brothers on just war, I argue that the literary discourses in The True Light Review are a kind of 'realistic ethic' used to seek an understanding of justice in the midst of war and violence. They show us that, from a world Christianity perspective, the traditional just war and pacifism dichotomy has its limitation. They lead us to propose a new understanding of Christian justice in war.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-254
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in World Christianity
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • History
  • Religious studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese Christian periodicals
  • Civilian war experience
  • H. Richard Niebuhr
  • Just war
  • Justice
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Theology of resistance

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