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Engage or Escape?


Engage or Escape?
Reflections on the Dream of Christian Education in Malaysia

Tee Shern Ren
Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan

“The recent election results have shown a country torn apart by deep internal divisions, with the fractures far more worryingly along class lines than racial lines, so that addressing class-based economic inequality today occupies similar importance to addressing racial economic inequality post-1969. In our quest for educational reform, we must fight not only for choice for the privileged but also emancipation for the oppressed. Such a fight should resonate all the more with Christians, as we serve a Saviour who consistently identified with the last and the least of society.”

ISBN: 978-981-07-8050-0
Format: Ebook (please read our ebooks policy)
Category: Church, Politics & State; Christian Living
Publication Date: December 2013

Other essays from Christianity & Citizenship

Power and Governance
Jojo M. Fung, SJ

Hands and Feet
Hwa Yue-Yi

Recovering the Unspeakable
Rama Ramanathan

Avoiding the Void
Alwyn Lau

The Gospel, Sociopolity, and Malaysian Society
Joshua Woo Sze Zeng

In 2011, we published a collection of essays that explores some common issues that arise when we relate the Christian faith with politics — The Bible and the Ballot: Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today. It opened up discussion ranging from democracy, political preaching, discerning prayer, wisdom to vote, and Christian’s participation in social issues.

Christianity & Citizenship is a follow-up series that focuses on Christians’ participation as citizens. Like the previous series, the present one is also a collective effort by Christians from different parts of the theological spectrum.

Good theological reflection should always be a dialogue between the Scriptures and the critical issues of the day. It should also be done in community so that in conversation, we see clearer how the Word of God bears on our concerns. Our goal in presenting this series of essays is not merely to deepen our understanding. We also hope they will yield insights for how we ought to live.

~ from the Editors’ Note

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