Christianity in China
"Aren't you ashamed of what you have done?"
Sunday morning is always crunch time for a preacher. Every preacher has his or her routine. But what if it's Sunday morning and you're in the People's Republic of China? That's what I was wondering when my wife accepted a position at Shanghai American School eight years ago.
A villager stands next to a demolished Christian church outside the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province. China recognizes
This growth may not go unchallenged by the Chinese government, however, which routinely discriminates against Christians
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Americans may have been surprised to read in news stories this week about the role of a Christian organization in the escape from house arrest of Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights lawyer in China.
I wondered how it was possible for Christianity, a foreign faith, to find its way and grow in such isolated locations, where the vast modernization that was sweeping other parts of China had not yet reached.
Many international observers fail to appreciate that religion in China has never been treated as a matter of personal choice. It's hard to imagine that the current regime would suddenly start to view things differently.
China has enforced its anti-religion policy through decades of repression, coercion and persecution, but the lack of success is spectacular, according to a major new study.
If understanding the value of a comprehensive worldview that comes from merging religion and science gives rest to the debate, perhaps it is time we follow our Chinese colleagues into these spaces in between our "two selves."