Over time Chinese Christianity has grown so strong in China that the communist nation is speculated to be one of the largest Christian nations sooner than later.
Against all odds, Christianity stamped its presence in the communist Asian country. As far back as the 1980’s, there were about 3 million Christians in China. In 2010, the toll grew up to 58 million Christians.
According to Fenggyang Yang, the director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University the number has the potential to sky-rocket to a range of 200-300 million Christians by 2025.
“From 1966 to 1979, driven by an atheistic ideology, the Communist Party-State closed down all churches, temples, and mosques.”– Yang
China used to be the most secular country in the world; being run under atheist ideologies for years. After the reign of Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zang, China endorsed a liberalization policy in 1979. This saw to the launching of a ‘limited’ number of religions in the country.
Chinese Christianity grew in the face repression. As the renowned church father Tertullian famously quoted “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.” Perhaps the recent daunting growth of Christianity in China is the harvest of the persecutions of the early Chinese Christians.
Chinese Christianity could be a repeat of the ancient Roman history. The Roman empire persecuted right from Jesus, the apostles and down to the early Christians. Today Rome is the headquarters of Christians.
Unlike before, there are many religions currently existing in China. But none comes close to the rate at which Christianity is growing. One can’t help but wonder if this development will pose a threat to Chinese political views.
“The Christian growth in China will continue to be rapid in the near future and that will have important social and political implications for China and beyond.”– Yang
The growth of Chinese Christianity is predominantly led by Protestant Christians. They are the fastest growing group of Christians in China. This is because protestants function more liberally than orthodox religions. It is easier to have more of them within short periods of time.
It will not be surprising however to see some of these churches who accommodate religious traits from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.