“Sing Hallelujah to the Lord”: Secular Christianities on Hong Kong’s Civic Square
In this article, I argue that the usage of the evangelical chorus 'Sing Hallelujah to the Lord' in the 2019 anti-extradition law amendment bill protests in Hong Kong were an instantiation of 'secular Christianities.' Typically, scholarship on Global Christianities and social movements seeks to identify religious institutions for their participation in secular civil society. The usage of this song in Hong Kong was unattached to any formal Christian group and could have been sung by any of the anonymous participants in this leaderless movement. This article thus gestures at a fresh paradigm in the study of religious participation in social movements, namely, to discern how Christian rhetoric might be used to bolster secular claims as a form of 'secular Christianity.'
Journal title, volume/issue number, page range
The Immanent Frame, forum on Figurative Publics, 1-3