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There are 8 comments on What’s behind Boom of Christianity in China?

  1. What an interesting project and a great example of a collaboration between two schools. And it all started with a student’s class project. Prior to the NEH grant this effort was funded by individual donations which are still welcome at https://chcdatabase.com/.

  2. I would be curious to know if the gender imbalance caused by China’s previous one-child policy has any contributing factor in this rise of Christianity. I don’t have the current numbers in front of me now, but in 2019, China had approximately 30 to 40 million more men than women, and Christianity, like most patriarchal religions, reinforces the hierarchy of god-man-woman, enforces the falsehood of women being designed by god to serve man, and also tends to be a very anti-abortion religion. Considering the “bride” human trafficking that has risen in response to this imbalance, I would be very interested to know whether this gendered issue is impacting the increase of Chinese citizens becoming Christian.

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/31/chinas-bride-trafficking-problem

  3. Maybe I missed it… but this didn’t seem to answer the article’s title question.

    “What’s behind (the) Boom of Christianity in China?” is rather compelling and I would love to hear what the research is pointing to.

    Unfortunately, a more honest title might be “We talked to Researchers that are studying the history of Christianity in China” as I don’t see any explanations of the growth.

    1. Yeah. It’s more like “how the boom happened” than “why the boom happened” but those are some of the limitations of data science for you. On a related note, there are definitely historical reasons, such as the care with which European Christians maintained the China Inland Mission, or government policies or whatever, but God’s kingdom doesn’t really play by man’s rules, for His thoughts are not our thoughts. It’s humbling, really.

  4. That actually isn’t true. I may only be a high school student in Southern Illinois, but I have read enough to see that Christianity, by and large, actually supports and empowers women. For example, in secularism, the worth of a woman derives from her contributions to society, often economically, so housewives- married women without a paying job- are often undervalued under that school of thought. In contrast, in Christianity, the worth of a woman is based on the fact that she has been created by God, who loves her, and imbues her innate value. A woman is to be valued and respected whatever economic place she holds, even (especially!) those who are in a position that, if they keep going on the path they are on, it will be their demise. I mean, not everyone who says they are a Christian has done this consistently, but the foundation is there to build one’s life off of, for those who believe. In China itself, was it not Christianity that started the movement to abolish the painful practice of foot-binding in the late 1800s-early 1900s? And are not most Chinese churches today led by women? The latter fact can be known from the most cursory of searches for Chinese Christianity, but the former I only know because of research I did for an entirely different defense of Christianity based on it valuing women, little of which was plagiarized for this comment. On an unrelated note, don’t you think Christians would not pay heed to the one-child limit, for their basic belief in the sanctity of all life? If you want to know more, don’t read my aforementioned essay; one that is much better written is a certain essay in the book Finding God at Harvard, in the humanities section.

    1. William, your comments are well-developed and informed; they hardly sound like a high school student. For those that truly desire to understand God’s order for the creation and spiritual leadership in the family, the Bible is clear. From a Christian’s perspective, women are held in ultra-high esteem.

  5. In the midst of intense Christian persecutions in modern China, I am hoping that your data will not hinder or hurt the missions, missionaries, and its agencies.

  6. The Shanghai-based Christian Literature Society (CLS) in the early 1930s arguably played a key role in establishiing Protestantism across China, when they established a religious radio station. See ‘From God to Climate Change,’ by Tony Garnier ISBN 978-1-78222-969-8. The book chronicles the journey of Rev. Albert Garnier’s (grandfather of the author) 30-year mission in China.

    When Albert became General Secretary of CLS in1929, he set about refreshing the Society’s publication efforts to introduce popular books readable over the whole of China, some obligatory reading for theological students, and many which were reprinted repeatedly in the 1950s and 1960s.

    When the opportunity came in 1933-34 to set up a Christian Radio Station, the Society’s new 7-story building provided the perfect setting, both within for a studio and outside with its height for a radio-mast. The daily programme was almost entirely religious. The original 150kW station was replaced with a new 1,000kW transmitter in 1936 – at the time it was the largest transmitting power among China’s domestic private radio stations.

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