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date: 22 April 2019

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Chapter 18 examines the “secularist” vs. “religionist debate, which strictly demarcates between the “secular” and the “religious.” It aims to show that Christianity is involved in many types of conflicts and peace efforts. One type of conflict is rooted in the identity of Christians as a minority in Asia and its relationship with other religious groups considered the majority. For over two millennia, Christianity has co-existed with other Asian religions, but its presence as a political institution was felt intensely due to its link to the colonists and their government. Christianity, however, can contribute to building and promoting solidarity as local issues in Asia become globalized and global issues become localized.

Keywords: secularist, religious, conflicts, peace efforts, political institution, colonists, solidarity

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