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)
China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years – Telegraph.
It’s a pity this map is incomplete. Looks like China and Japan come out on top as the most atheistic which is not surprising if you take into account that Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shintoism are non-theistic philosophies. Then the Czech Republic, Australia, Ireland and Iceland all rate next which does surprise me. By contrast, in other polls I’ve read that the Philippines is the most religious nation, and this map shows the USA, Canada, and Russia as having the same relatively low percentage of atheists.
A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live.
The article I’m linking to calls it “Archaeology’s dark secret”. Having sat abandoned and in ruin for millennia on the Salisbury plain, England’s Stonehenge was rebuilt in phases from 1901 to 1964 using modern technology and its megalithic stones are stabilized in concrete.
Earth Heal – How They Rebuilt Stonehenge.
“Priests in Spain voiced support for a local bishop after a city council adopted a motion banning him from official city events over his remarks criticizing dangerous behaviors within the gay community.”
Editor: Sometimes the truth hurts. Homosexuals and their supporters fail to realize that the bishop’s actions are grounded in love. Call it tough love.
Priests condemn city’s move banning bishop from events :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).
The future may find the Holy Land with no Arab Christians in the very place where Christianity was born. I watched this program, and agree that it was remarkably balanced although incomplete and woefully inadequate in fully explaining the complicated history and relationship between Israelis and their Arab neighbors. Having visited Israel and the West Bank only two-years ago, I was able to observe the wall, the checkpoints, and the de-facto segregation of the Palestinians firsthand. I sympathize with their plight regardless of whether the individuals are Muslims, Christians, or Jews.
60 Minutes on the Plight of Palestinian Christians – AOI Observer.