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◾ 文字閱讀:When China Rules the World (by Martin Jacques) 中國即將成為世界中心? 中國與西方的未來衝突,將會是一個文化衝突? 本書嘗試想象並詮釋中國勢力的崛起,將會創造出新的世界權力結構。


Introduction:


For over two hundred years we have lived in a western-made world, one where the very notion of being modern was synonymous with being western. This original and ground-breaking new book argues that the twenty-first century will be different. With the rise of increasingly powerful non-Western countries, the west will no longer be dominant and there will be many ways of being modern. In this new era of 'contested modernity' the central player will be China. Far from becoming a western-style society, China will remain highly distinctive. Continental in size and mentality, and accounting for one-fifth of humanity, China is a 'civilization-state' whose characteristics, attitudes and values long predate its existence as a nation-state. China is already having a far-reaching and much discussed economic impact, but its influence will be far greater than this: China's rise signals the end of the global dominance of the western nation-state and the rise of a world which it will shape in a host of different ways. As it rapidly reassumes its traditional position at the centre of East Asia, the old tributary system will be resurface in a modern form, contemporary ideas of racial hierarchy will be redrawn and China's ages-old sense of superiority will reassert itself. China's rise will change the world as we know it, from one made in the west to one increasingly shaped by China. This profound and far-sighted book explains for the first time the deeper meaning of China's arrival as a global power. Contents: 1. The changing of the guard Part I: The End of the Western World 2. The Rise of the West 3. Japan: Modern But Hardly Western 4. China's Ignominy 5. Contested Modernity Part II: The Age of China 6. China as an Economic Superpower 7. A Civilization-State 8. The Middle Kingdom Mentality 9. China's Own Backyard 10. China as a Rising Global Power 11. When China Rules the World 12. Concluding Remarks: The Eight Differences that Define China

◾ 影像閱讀:Capitalism: A Love Story (directed by Michael Moore) 影片主要描述2007年-2009年環球金融危機和美國社會的現況,控訴與批判美國和資本主義當今不公義的經濟秩序,導演強調這批判是本於基督信仰的價值觀而發出。

閱讀會中謝博士領我們看了"Capitalism: A Love Story"的選段並分析了《當中國統治世界》一書的觀察,概覽了資本主義社會的種種問題並金融風暴後的世界新局面,開啟了我們對中國和全球發展的視野。要發展適切今天、回應社會問題的神學、教會觀、宣教觀等,對現今世界有確切的認識是基督徒當務之急!

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