I’m so pleased. I just presented in the Rapid Religious Change Conference organized by Hong Kong Baptist University in a panel on Christianity in the Asian and African Conference, chaired by Mark Boone (Hong Kong Baptist University) with co-panelists Emilie Tran (Hong Kong Baptist University), Éric Sautedé (Educator, Editor, Columnist), and Arua Oko Omaka (Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria).
My paper was titled ‘Build an Ark: Media Evangelism’s Controversy as Theological Precursor to the Hong Kong Protests.’ Returning to the controversy around 2010 surrounding The Media Evangelism and Noah’s Ark Ministries International announcing that they were ‘99.9%’ sure that they had found Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat, I argue that the battle lines that were said to have been formed within Hong Kong Christianity (actually, mostly Protestant evangelicals) around the post-2014 Hong Kong protests might actually have precedence here. It was a fun paper to give, and it certainly has me revisiting the moment in 2010 when I thought I might actually do my PhD on Noah’s Ark, until the ensuing controversy led some people to discourage me from working on it. Ecumenical engagements with democracy seemed more interesting anyway.
But here I return to it. I am especially thankful to Shun-hing Chan for doing such a great job helming the organization of this conference — and for a fantastic keynote that set the tone for provocations like mine — and to Mary Siu for keeping in such careful touch with all of us participants. I look forward to the forthcoming days when I can simply be a learner in the audience.