Promise Hsu

Written by Promise Hsu

Promise Hsu is a Beijing-based independent journalist and scholar. Since early 2017, he has been the founding editor-in-chief of The Kosmos (, an independent Chinese quarterly of history and ideas. He was a world affairs journalist at China Central Television’s English News Channel, a member of American Political Science Association, and a visiting scholar at Calvin Theological Seminary in Michigan. He is author of China’s Quest for Liberty: A Personal History of Freedom (St. Augustine's, forthcoming).

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Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Li Ma and Jin Li. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (Wipf and Stock Publishers), 2017.
For people whose country is known for censorship and self-censorship, writing in a foreign language is like taking refuge in a free country. For the author of this review and those of the…

The Kosmos is an independent Chinese quarterly of history and ideas. Launched in early 2017, the journal aims at exploring the spiritual and intellectual history of various aspects of life in China and the wider world. The first three issues of spring, summer, autumn-winter in 2017 examine the subjects of education, middle class, Reformations and worldview, respectively. They cover such…
Daniel Hsu

Mr. Xu Zhiyue or Daniel Hsu, an independent scholar and translator in Shanghai, died on November 2nd, 2014. He was 53. Mr. Hsu passed away just two weeks after undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.
For more than a decade, Mr. Hsu has helped to introduce a great variety of European and American minds into the Chinese-speaking world. He called himself an…
Eric Voegelin 5

Ellis Sandoz and the Foundations of American Liberty
To a considerable extent, Voegelin was led to prefer such words as “reality” and “divine reality” to more popular ones like “truth” and “God” because the latter were so abused that they had lost their original meanings in the world Voegelin lived.
In his Autographical Reflections, Voegelin took a whole chapter to discuss this…