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the soon coming of… a “Christian” China?

National emblem of the People's Republic of China
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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.

via China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years – Telegraph.

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.

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When you run a heretic out… how far will they go? China.

A recently discovered site may shed new light on historical research into the Nestorian Church, which is believed to be the earliest Christian movement to spread the Gospel in China.

A niche in a stone wall with a cross carved above it has now been verified by experts as a repository for the ashes and bones of Christians. The experts also confirmed that this is the earliest Nestorian burial place discovered so far in China.

via Historic Christian site found in China ucanews.com.

HT – DLK via the Twitters

 

China’s Flirtation with Constantinism

It may be helpful if you read Allan R. Bevere‘s book, The Politics of Witness (Areopagus Critical Christian Issues))

A few years ago China was attempting to face it’s public immorality during a time when a child was left to be run over in the streets while onlookers when about their daily routine. Now, China is attempting to use religion, devoid of “superstition” (so, you know, no charismatics), to their own ends:

While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times, a newspaper published by the Central Party School which trains rising officials.

China says aims to banish superstition, promote knowledge | Reuters.

Anyway, give the article a read.

The truth in this statement by Romney is amazing

First… as a Christian, I do not believe I am allowed to undercut for profit – yet, Romney actively ships jobs to China to make use of what is essentially next-to-slave labor. The video calls it slave labor, but slave labor would exclude the possibility of coming and going when you please.

What’s really interesting is that Romney supports the idea of “you didn’t build that (by yourself)” when states that 95% of our way of life existed before we were born. In other words… I didn’t build that (by myself).

What really saddens me, however, is the view of the Chinese workforce.

How soon before we see that here?

Jeremy Lin isn’t Christian in China #linsanity

Mr Lin’s Christianity is perhaps more awkward for China’s atheist communist rulers. While Beijing officially sanctions some churches, it frowns on the spontaneous professions of love for God that pepper Mr Lin’s postgame comments.

Evidence of how state censors would like to downplay his religion came in a CCTV news report when he was named a National Basketball Association player of the week on Monday.

“I love the fact that he gave praise to his team and to God,” said one New Yorker interviewed in English.

But the Chinese subtitles translated his comments simply as “I love him for praising his team”, scrubbing out the religious reference.

However, not all Chinese officials are shying away from Mr Lin. Cai Qi, a high-ranking Communist official in Zhejiang province, congratulated Mr Lin on his microblog on Sunday, and claimed him as Chinese. Mr Lin’s maternal grandmother, it seems, was from Pinghu, a small coastal town in Zhejiang.

via Chinese censors face ‘Lin-sanity’ conundrum.

The more I read about this, the more hope I have that this will be a good moment for Mainland Chinese Christians.

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Without America, China would be nothing

Or at least Beijing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean like all of China or anything, but for the most part, their city life is a mimetic desire to compete with America. There are tons of new, often American, cars. McDonalds. KFC. The buildings look American. Clothing too. The songs are American. No Communism here. Only the desire to be American. not European. Just American.

I don’t like it.

China’s Stability at Risk

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The “abnormal” spread of Christianity across China is a threat to the Communist Party rule and social stability, a paper prepared by a top party academic warns.

Ma Hucheng, an adviser on religion to the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party, warns that the government’s attempt to control Church growth through the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) — the state sanctioned Protestant church — is failing.

“If we are unable to hold the line here, this will damage our independent foreign policy and cause the government to lose control of religion in accordance with the law, and make Christianity once again a political and spiritual tool of control for the West, and make Christianity [in China] a pawn of the Western church,” Ma said, according to a translation of his paper, An Analysis of the Reasons for Rapid Growth of the Protestant Church in Today’s China, prepared by OMF International’s Director of China Research, Tony Lambert. (originally published in the Church of England’s newspaper, but you can read it here now.)

Wonder if it will turn into another Diocletian event?

Let us pray that the Chinese Christians succeed…

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Libya and The Economic Cold War

Listening to MSNBC’s show, Morning Joe, this morning, a reporter by the name of Scahill was speaking about the use of covert operations by this President, quoting Cover Ops sources in saying that they had a free hand under this President, much more than the previous Administration. One of those covert operations had been to support the so-called Arab Spring, especially in Libya. Why? Well, come to find out, the rebels whom we have been supporting minutely, have started to suggest that China, Russia and Brazil will lose out on expected oil contracts, where as the West will gain. Brazil is a major emerging market; Russia is starting to come alive again; and China, well, we all know about China.

­Italy’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has confirmed that the Italian oil company Eni SpA, the biggest foreign investor in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, has sent a technical team to assist production re-launch.

But other major oil producers are cautious about joining the race back to Libya. BP said on Monday that it would return to Libya to continue its exploration program “when conditions allow,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Still, analysts believe that oil giants could be the actual beneficiaries in postwar Libya, especially the countries that have shown the most support for the opposition. The Libyan opposition has hinted that some business contracts will be preferred if they win.

We don’t have a problem with Western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies,” Abdeljalil Mayouf, information manager at the Libyan rebel oil firm Agoco, told Reuters. “But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil.

This could mean that countries that have been calling for the Libyan conflict to be resolved through negotiations might see the loss of billions of dollars in oil contracts. US and European oil giants, meanwhile, might have the market left to themselves and perhaps new players like Qatar. (here)

What? Well, remember this, always:

Who did they thank?

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.S. President Barack Obama.

So, what did we do? We supported the rebels against the Dictator while China didn’t. We did so without going into their country, except for 1 Trillion which we spent on missiles and the such.  What is our benefit? No loss of life, ‘democracy’ in Libya, more oil contracts for the West, and none for China, Russia, and the up and coming economic powerhouse that is Brazil.

As a Democrat and an American, woot!, but as a Christian and one who watches history from a seat of arrogance, not liking where this is going.

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Will my son go to Afghanistan? New Agreement to extend U.S. presence to 2024

America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain.

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But Afghans wary of being abandoned are keen to lock America into a longer partnership after the deadline. Many analysts also believe the American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan, Iran and China. (here)

Which only advances the war machine.

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Complete & Utter Depravity: China & Adam’s(Smith) Family Values

The truth is, China is afraid of some blogs because we push for Christian family values, freedom of religion, and freedom of association.

Reading commentary on Adam Smith’s views, one of the things that stood out was this: big families are a problem in his system. Thus, he detested England’s Poverty laws, which gave subsistence to the poor while allowing them to live in the country side. He would have preferred them to move into the city, to be laborers for those with capital. No matter how “pro-family” social conservatives try to frame Smith’s views, these are the facts that contradict their own lifestyles and views at times.

Smith and Karl Marx shared many principles in common, including the notion that the conflict between the producers and laborers would be INEVITABLE. So, it comes as no surprise that formerly communist/budding capitalist China carries on Adam Smith’s family values.

A frightening story has surfaced in recent months that the Chinese government—partly t enforce its one-child-only law, partly for a money grab—routinely took infants from the arms of their impoverished parents when there wasn‘t enough cash in the cupboards to appease extortionists’ demands. These abducted infants, reports say, were often adopted outside China; the United States was supposedly a frequent destination.

There’s nothing more I can say about this practice, except it’s disgusting, and I am proud to have a blog that’s banned from such an abominable government. Ugh.

For more, see The Blaze:Devastated Parents: Chinese government running infant abduction racket for profit and population control.

China to U.S.: We Control You

“China, the largest creditor of the world’s sole superpower, has every right now to demand the United States address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China’s dollar assets,” it said.

It urged the United States to cut military and social welfare expenditure. Further credit downgrades would very likely undermine the world economic recovery and trigger new rounds of financial turmoil, it said.

“International supervision over the issue of U.S. dollars should be introduced and a new, stable and secured global reserve currency may also be an option to avert a catastrophe caused by any single country,” Xinhua said.

via China tells U.S. good old days of borrowing are over | Reuters.

Wow…

By the way, by comparison, our military spending…

But absolute defense spending for the U.S., China, Iran, and North Korea reveals that U.S. expenditures are dramatically more than any of its rivals combined. See the chart below:

And again, I say wow… (from here)

No one wants to cuts national security, but we are moving into a realm wherein the economy is the next staging for conflict.

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