I’ve posted at least a couple of articles before about Chinese people and Christianity. The Western press occasionally mentions Chinese Christians when reporting on the periodic crackdowns on home churches by the Chinese government, but it doesn’t report on the larger phenomenon involving the explosive growth of Christianity in China. The huge population of China tends to skew their statistical impact, so when anyone reports statistics involving “the most” or “the largest” with respect to the world population, you have to take into consideration that one in every five people living on Earth is Chinese.
Despite the fact that China also contains “the largest” population of atheists in the world, and that it has been an officially godless communist nation for over 60-years, it still has an underlying Confucian/Buddhist cultural layer in its society. Buddhism and Confucianism share some superficialities with Christianity, but it is apparent that an increasing number of Chinese find Christianity to be more attractive. This was explained rather well by a Chinese Greek Orthodox monk in a previous article. This latest news on Christianity in China mentions the “absolute failure” of Chinese communism to eradicate religion, and for the same reason that Russia is rapidly re-evangelizing, it is very apparent that the Chinese policy of militant secularism doesn’t offer any substitute to satisfy people’s spiritual needs. The increasingly secular Western nations have completely ignored this.
The full article can be read in the electronic edition of ‘The Telegraph’ (UK)