Dr Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. He teaches and researches in theology, the world church (especially in China), and digital theology. He is the author or editor of several books, including Chinese Public Theology (Oxford University Press) and Ecclesial Diversity in Chinese Christianity (with Easten Law; Palgrave Macmillan). He maintains an academic blog and can be found on Twitter at @caorongjin.
You may have heard China has ‘banned’ the Bible app. But the truth is more complicated
Last week, Apple removed the Bible and Quran from their Chinese app store in response to government pressure. Many have seen this as yet another restriction of religious freedom in China, but Dr Alexander Chow says such a concept never existed in the first place