What you think, what is real and how far they can be apart was never made more clear to me, in regard China, than it was when I discovered it's strong Christian Community. I had met an important official who explained to me he wasn't a member of the communist party and he was in fact a Christian. Exactly, "What The Fuck" was my first thought also. It turns out that Christianity first came to China around 500 AD and was known as Jinjiao. It formed in the Xinjiang region of China and in the west is known as the Nestorian faith who were a bunch of 'splitters", thanks Monty Python, from 428AD
Emperor Tang Taizhong's reign (635 A.D.) supported the religion by building the DaiQin Temple in 638AD and by 1330 despite being outlawed by various Emperor's including China's one Empress Wu a devout Buddhist, had 30,000 followers.
Christianity had many ups and downs in China, none more so than after repeated invasions by Christian Nations including England, America, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia the youth of China at that time, inspired by Marx, created the Anti Christian Movement which saw Christianity as the slave of the Western Capitalist Countries.
Of course this was the generation of Chairman Mao and this distrust of Christianity stayed with him and his generation for their lifetime. After his death churches began to reopen and today the number of Christians in China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa,
Today the $16 million, 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around is a symbol of the Chinese adopting the Christian Faith. By 2030, China's total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world.
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