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Power and Governance
Foundations of a Rakyat-Sensitive Government
Jojo M. Fung, SJ
Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan
“Power is in a constant flux and power shifts like the ebbs and flow of the tide. This is amply demonstrated in the ‘political tsunami’ of 2008 in Malaysia. This flux is in no small measure determined by the ethical performance of the ruling government of the day. The rise and fall of any ruling power depends largely on the manner of its governance in which the use/misuse of power is of quintessential determinant factor. This essay will first explain the nature of power from the perspective of social science and its morality based on the Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church (CDSC). Ethical governance will then be dealt with, from the perspective of the CDSC. The essay will also explain the need for the virtue of integrity that is grounded in three interrelated virtues: governance, transparency and accountability.”
Format: Ebook (please read our ebooks policy)
Category: Church, Politics & State; Christian Living
Publication Date: December 2013
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