Keeping Faith in China – Nicholas Kristof

From the New York Times, carried by the Peking Duck:

These days, China bars foreign missionaries, and the government sometimes harasses or imprisons Christians. Yet is booming as never before in China, and some giddy followers say China could eventually have hundreds of millions of Christians, perhaps more than any other country in the world.

One reason for the boom in Christianity is that China is going through just the kind of turbulent social change, including alarm at the eclipse of traditional values, that often drives people toward faith. And in China’s case, Maoism wiped out the traditional religions.

The China Aid Association, a U.S.-based group that monitors religious oppression, says that at least 1,958 Christians have been arrested in China in the last 12 months. The worst abuses are in Henan Province, where the police sometimes beat and torture Christians. [Full Text]

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