Taiwan Church News
February 27 - March 5, 2017
The New Book: Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism In Taiwan" Unveils The Untold Stories Of Taiwan Churches Under The Cold War
Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong
The new book Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism in Taiwan is written by the philosophy professor Chin Ken Pa of Fu Jen Catholic University and published by Taiwan Church Press.
As it reveals many first-hand evidences and untold stories about Taiwan church history under the Cold War, its first print are quickly sold out at 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition. Now the second printing is under way and will soon be released.
In a seminar, held on February 19 and organized by both PCT Research and Development Center and Chi-nan Presbyterian Church, Professor Chin was invited to deliver a speech entitled as "The First Blood-Dipped Robe in Taiwan Church History" to hundreds of Christians and readers crammed in the Chi-nan Presbyterian Church.
At the beginning of this seminar, professor Chin seriously proposed that, according to his studies, the car crashing and untimely death of Rev William Shia, serving as PCT's General Assembly Moderator then in 1970, was probably not an accident as people used to think, but very likely a "blood-dipped robe" in Taiwan Church history.
Professor Chin said the real conflict between Taiwan churches and KMT government initiated from 1965, when PCT planed to celebrate her 100th anniversary of mission. Since then, KMT authorities started to accuse PCT as an affiliate organization to the pro-communism World Church Council(WCC) and try all kinds of maneuvers to force PCT retreating from WCC: department of foreign ministry and secret service agency were even recruited to set up special task forces to monitor and control PCT's overseas' contact.
Due to an anti-communism political ideology under the Cold War, KMT's dictator Chiang Kai-sheik effortlessly forced Taiwan church to play a crusade of anti-communism, and easily summoned International Council of Christian Churches(ICCC) to help preach the anti-communism theology and consolidate Chiang's power through semi-religious myths and slogans. These historical contexts of anti-communism apologetics were the seasoned soils of KMT Christians and the Christian fundamentalism to fashion so fast and audaciously in Taiwan, Professor Chin said.
Translated by Peter Wolfe
Joseph and His Brothers - The Formation of Anti-Communism Apologetics, KMT Christians, and The Christian Fundamentalism in Taiwan", whose author is Professor Chin Ken Pa(center, holding a microphone) of Fu Jen Catholic University, unveils the untold stories of Taiwan Churches under the Cold War.
Photo by Kang Hong-chi