Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.
“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.
A few years ago, China made a pronouncement that it was easing some religious restrictions, but only for as an aid for social morality and ethics. They’d still like to avoid the superstition (their words).
By way of anecdotal evidence, when I was in Beijing a few years ago, I attended a state church which was filled to the brim and was fortunate enough to see a street preach in mid-conversion for a passer-by. Both very beautiful sights.
I think this is overstated, however. In a country of 1billion+ people, the number of Christians can easily outpace American Christians without ever making China a Christian nation.
It will be interesting to watch, however.
- Good News! Chinese Government Thinks Christianity Is Growing Too Fast (politicaloutcast.com)
- Chinese Christians Form Human Shield Around Church To Prevent Demolition (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- Chinese Christians Rattle Government (juicyecumenism.com)
- Christianity is the Fastest Growing Religion in China (christcenteredteaching.wordpress.com)