Jinghao Zhou, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures, had his book review article “Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power” published in Journal of Religion and Society, Volume 7 (2005).
“Jesus in Beijing” is written by David Aikman, a former Beijing bureau chief for Time Magazine. According to China Human Rights Report 2004, released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on Feb. 28, 2005, China's national conference on religion raised concern about Aikman's book “Jesus in Beijing” and the documentary film “The Cross.” “Jesus in Beijing” is widely circulated in the U.S. but it is also controversial.
The original intention of Zhou's book review was to try to argue that the world Christian movement reminds us that it can readily become a theocratic power when a country is Christianized, and a democratic country should involve diverse cultures and religions. China is still a poor country. The top priority for the Chinese people is to modernize China. There can be no democratization without economic prosperity. By the same token, it is impossible for Chinese Christians to exercise religious freedom without China's democratization. Any attempts to Christianize China would mislead the Chinese people and harm the process of China's modernization and democratization.
The documentary film “The Cross” is available in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Zhou joined the faculty in 2001.