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  Christian Persecution in China
Since the People's Republic of China was formed in 1949 under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong, the government has used a system of 're-education through labour' camps in an attempt to ensure its citizens adhere to the atheistic communist ideals of the country.
While in recent years China has been progressing towards a free market economy, there is no indication that any serious attempts are being made to reform its treatment of its own citizens, especially in regards to freedom of religion.
China is a vast nation, and it is unwise to make too many generalisations about it.
www.human-rights-and-christian-persecution.org /china.html   (801 words)

 China's Christian History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The truly great era of Western influence in China began in the mid-nineteenth century, and though the propagation of the faith was hardly the dominant motive of these newly influential Westerners, the role of Christianity in Chinese affairs grew in proportion to the Western presence.
Once a localized phenomenon, Christianity could thus be carried deep into the interior of the Empire, and the Chinese government was obligated to protect that advance---however much it resented the obligations that the West had forced upon it.
Insofar as the involvement of American Christians in the problems of China is concerned, the nineteenth-century outlook, so powerful in shaping attitudes in the first half of the twentieth century, seems not to have much purchase on the eve of the twenty-first.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9708/articles/horner.html   (4334 words)

 David Aikman on Christianity in China on National Review Online
Even when China began to open up in 1979 and the "official" churches were permitted to function once more, the "house church" networks had established such a powerful presence all over China that it made sense to continue to operate completely outside of the domain of any Chinese officialdom.
Many concluded that it was Christian ethics and the dynamism of a faith based on a profound hope in the future and a belief that history was not cyclical, as Buddhism and even Confucianism proclaimed, but linear, and with a specific end goal.
One Christian whom I met in 1998 when I attended a gathering of house-church leaders was sentenced to two years in a labor camp for having written in his private prayer journal, among other things, that he was praying for a Christian constitution for China.
www.nationalreview.com /interrogatory/aikman200312220001.asp   (1921 words)

 EPM Resource - State of Christianity in China
Under the Chinese Communist Party, the number of Christians in China has grown 15-fold to the current total of more than 60 million (other estimates put the total at 100 million, and another recent estimate is closer to 200 million).
"China is historically the place the most Christians have been persecuted and martyred, and some are still dying even today," says Randy Alcorn, author of the new novel Safely Home (Tyndale House Publishers) which portrays both the persecution and hope in China.
China is a paradox in that some churches are able to worship freely while other church leaders are being arrested, persecuted and jailed.
www.epm.org /articles/christchina.html   (419 words)

 History of Christianity in China
Although Christianity in China has thousands years of history, little is discussed on the history of Christianity in China.
These articles we found emphasized on prosecutions of Christians in China, as well as the authors' extreme dissatisfaction towards the Chinese government (even though Chinese people have enjoyed greater improvement in terms of religious rights and religious freedom than any other country in the world since 1978).
We challenge Christians and non-Christians alike to write such an article, objective enough for Christians and non-Christians alike to understand the history of Christianity in China.
chinese-school.netfirms.com /Christians.html   (271 words)

 The 522: How Christianity Thrives in China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Still, since reforms were first initiated in 1978 by Communist patriarch Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Christians have learned to thrive even within official constraints, and their population is many times larger now than it was when the Communists came to power in 1949.
Christianity is legal in China, but fettered: The country's estimated 50 million Protestants, whose ranks grow by roughly 2 million a year, must submit to the authority of the government's Religious Affairs Bureau.
Christians who worship in unregistered "house churches" often face harassment, or worse.
the522.blogspot.com /2005/11/how-christianity-thrives-in-china.html   (1230 words)

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Christianity Arrives in China 550 Years Earlier: New Evidence NANJING, Aug. 16, 2002 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese scholar has recently discovered a clutch of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) stone carvings in east China's Jiangsu Province that suggest Christianity entered China some 500 years earlier than it was thought previously.
Wang Weifan, a theologist and member of the China Christian Council, said his study of the stones kept in a museum in Xuzhou city showed some dated back to the year AD 86.
There are three theories about the arrival of Christianity in China: it was brought by Christians fleeing Roman persecution during the Eastern Han Dynasty, by two Syrian missionaries also during the Eastern Han Dynasty, or it arrived in China during the Three-Kingdom period (220-280).
members.aol.com /lumabner/china/christianity_to_china.txt   (511 words)

 The Illuminated Lantern: Christianity in China
When Ricci and his companions first entered China to preach in 1583 after rigorous study of the language while residing in Macao the year prior, they elected to dress in the same robes as a Buddhist priest, so that the people would understand they are people of religion.
In another case Christians actually started pulling up bricks from the village temple and temple walls, since they were owned by the community, they felt these could be used by them to build a church if they wanted to.
Christians are almost always depicted as outsiders, foreigners, and the many thousands of Christian converts who were native Chinese are ignored.
www.illuminatedlantern.com /cinema/archives/christianity_in_china.php   (3784 words)

 East of the Euphrates: Early Christianity in Asia
Since so many of the Mesopotamian Christians were merchants, Christianity was especially strong among the mercantile communities in such caravan centres as Merv and Samarquand, and many of the traders who traversed the land routes to the Far East and settled in China were probably Christians.
Christianity had been confused with Zoroastrianism and Manicheism since all are from the same root, about the same time and have the same popular name, ‘Persian barbarian religions.’ Now Islam also was added to the jumbled confusion.
Marco Polo’s account of his journey to China and of the Christians he found there is one of the most important pieces of information that has come down to us about the church in China in the 13th century.
www.religion-online.org /showchapter.asp?title=1553&C=1363   (5061 words)

 Christianity in China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Today, the population of Chinese Christians constitutes at least 5% of the general population,[1] but Christian demographers in the West estimate the Christian population numbers 80 million to 100 million because they claim that there are many "underground houses" of worship.
Nestorianism in China was spread by Assyrian people who arrived in the seventh century AD or earlier, as documented by the Nestorian Stone of Xi'an (then called Chang'an), dating from 635.
China moved from Qing dynastic rule to a warlord-dominated republic to a united front of the Guomindang and Chinese Communist party in league against warlords and imperialism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christianity_in_China   (5063 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Chinese Christians Are a Force, But What Kind?
Dennis Balcombe, pastor of Hong Kong's Revival Christian Church and an expert who has studied Chinese Christianity for two decades, believes that there may be as many as 90 million Christians in China.
Though Catholicism, which in China comprises both a state-sanctioned church and underground churches loyal to the Vatican, is becoming more popular, the majority of new Chinese Christians are Protestants.
Some scholars, such as David Aikman, author of the new book "Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power," believe that the rise of Christianity might lead average Chinese to accept liberal political values and to demand that their government do the same.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A15762-2004Nov26?language=printer   (1634 words)

 They gave me tangerines and muttered Hallelujah (Christianity in China)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
I was invited after communications with overseas Chinese Christians in three different countries, and after being passed from contact to contact in four Chinese cities without them ever mentioning the words Jesus, church or God on the phone for fear of monitoring.
About 14 per cent of the population in what is one of China?s richest regions are believed to be Christian, including low-level government employees such as teachers and soldiers, some of whom were at the schoolyard event.
It is overwhelmed by Christianity?s popularity and aware of the benefits in terms of education and social stability, but worried about new centres of power.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1045522/posts   (2630 words)

 New Government Statistics on China's Christians
Numbers of Christians published in government handbooks and by the state-controlled TSPM give very conservative (and often out-of-date) figures that are the bare minimum.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the TSPM is still claiming publicly that the total number of Protestant Christians in China is only 13-15 million while the government itself may have internal statistics estimating 25-35 million.
And some house church leaders in China have stated their combined movements number 58 million, although they admit their estimates are not based on extensive data gathering.
www.worthynews.com /news-features/compass-china-survey.html   (605 words)

 Christianity in China » The Blind Beggar
Catholic missionaries had arrived in China during the 16th century with the coming of Jesuit Matteo Ricci in 1582.
Christian demographers estimate that the Christian population in China now numbers from 80 million to 100 million, primarily in the many underground house churches.
Pray that Christ’s Body in China would know God’s heart and his will and that they would be willing to obey his calling.
blindbeggar.org /?p=282   (216 words)

 The Beijing Center: Academics
This course is a survey of the history of Christianity in China.
Since Buddhism is recognized as a "Chinese religion", Christianity is the largest "foreign religion" in China now and has special significance in the relationship between China and other countries.
For this reason, the study of history of Christianity in China constitutes an important basis for the understanding of history of the relationship between China and the other countries.
www.lmu.edu /thebeijingcenter/courses/christinchina.html   (633 words)

 Christianity in China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
This matters a lot to the believing Christian, especially in light of the 1600+ year old canon, and the meaning that it holds as a whole.
China's government is decidedly Communist, and founded squarely upon Marxist and Stalinist principle - which explicitly decry any religion as dangerous.
In addition to his 'Stories from China', he is the author of 'The King's Calendar:The Secret of Qumran' at www.kingscalendar.com.
magic-city-news.com /printer_3591.shtml   (1280 words)

 Harvard University Press: Christianity in China : Early Protestant Missionary Writings by Suzanne Wilson Barnett
Nine historians contribute to this composite picture of the missionary pioneers, the literature they produced, the changes they sustained through immersion in Chinese culture, and their efforts to interpret that culture for their constituencies at home.
China's Response to the West: A Documentary Survey, 1839-1923
Japanese Studies of Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Historical and Social-Science Research on the 19th and 20th Centuries
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/BARCHR.html   (298 words)

A leader of China’s Religious Affairs Bureau has said that the government is determined to respect and protect freedom of religious belief until religion dies out naturally.
Christian churches are legal, but only if they submit to the authority of the Communist Party.
The head pastor of the South China Church was tried and sentenced to death on charges of "using an evil cult to damage a law-based society".
www.susancanthony.com /Resources/Dennis/china.html   (1527 words)

 Religions in China - Christianity (www.chinaknowledge.de)
The second phase of Christianity came with the second opening of the trade routes during the Mongol Yuan period 13th century and slightly before.
The fourth phase of Christianity (Jidujiao 基督教) in China began in the 19th century and was directly connected with Western colonialism and imperialism.
After 1949 religious freedom in Communist China was denied, and the Christian churches in China organized in a "Three-Self Movement" (Sanzi yundong 三自運動) to administer themselves without contact to the outside, and entered the Patriotic Union (Aiguohui 愛國會) to express their loyalty to the new China.
www.chinaknowledge.de /Literature/Religion/christianity.html   (830 words)

 Summer Books: An amazing tale of Christianity in China
While Christianity has until recently been strongest in the countryside, the book says it is stretching its tentacles into urban areas and the middle class.
A Christianized China therefore “may spend less time thinking of ways to outmaneuver and neutralize the U.S. than the military strategists of the current regime.” It might also make a better effort to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Balcombe may be a hero to some house church Christians, but Aikman fails to mention that many fellow missionaries view him as a grandstander who thumbs his nose at the government in ways that have had bad consequences for Chinese believers.
www.natcath.com /NCR_Online/archives2/2004b/052104/052104ssi.htm   (1181 words)

 Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
In return the Emperor would then shower upon that chieftain far greater gifts-gold and silver and silks and perfumes-until the chieftain was forced in amazement to admit that China was truly the greatest and richest and most generous of all nations on earth.
The Manchu were justified in maintaining their position at the peak of Chinese society as long as they had the military power to stay there; but once the British trounced them, the Han perceived that the Manchu had retained the arrogance of conquerors but lost the muscle.
The Manchu have outlawed Christianity- particularly American Christianity, which stinks of popular democracy, the very essence of barbarism as far as the mandarins are concerned.
www.uucss.org /sermons/uu2000-09-03.html   (5057 words)

 Christianity growing in China under watchful eye, Land says - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Christian faith is alive and well in China, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land told the SBC entity’s trustees during their Sept. 13-14 meeting in Nashville.
While Land and the others with the USCIRF were surprised at the increased degree of space available to practice personal religious belief in China, he said it was “still a cage, maybe a gilded cage, but it is still a cage” for citizens there who want to exercise their faith.
Those Christians who decline to register are interested in freedom, not mere toleration by the government, Land said.
www.baptistpress.org /bpnews.asp?ID=21680   (1252 words)

 Asia Society: Speech by Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation
I have travelled extensively in China, and was thus able some twelve years ago to go and see the famous so-called Nestorian Stone found in 1625 and carved in 781 AD, which graphically describes the coming of Christianity in the early 7th century to China.
Antioch developed a Christianity that fused Christianity with a humanism which was the hallmark of the philosophical schools of the City.
Meanwhile down in Egypt, the Church of Alexandria fused Christianity with the ancient traditions of the goddess Isis and her infant son Horus to produce the earliest known statues of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child.
www.asiasociety.org /speeches/palmer.html   (5302 words)

 Signs for Optimism for Christianity in China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Chinese intellectuals, dissidents and sociologists say their country needs Christianity “because it gives the individual a sense of the absolute and creates a mentality of love and charity,” says Fr.
This was his assessment of China when he presented his book “Mission China: Journey to the Empire Between Market and Repression,” published by Ancora in Italian.
Christianity helps to lay the foundation for freedom and to really serve the people, which was Mao Tse-tung’s motto, but was not realized with Marxism,” said the priest, who from 1997 to 2002 was director of the Fides agency of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
www.fatimafamily.org /news/china.html   (165 words)

 Nicholas Kristof on Evangelicals, China, and Human Rights | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
Christianity creates networks of people around the country, which is something that traditionally the Communist Party has not faced.
The Christian church may be the beginnings of such a framework.
And the fact that President Bush is a Christian, is concerned about Christians in China, that gives Christians in China a measure of protection that Falun Gong, for example, does not.
www.christianitytoday.com /ct/2006/009/17.23.html   (1319 words)

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