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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Onward, Christian Soldiers: Christianity in China

Reigion in China "When they praise the Lord, they close the windows. In a packed classroom in China's southern Henan province, 35 young Christians stand behind their desks singing the Hallelujah prayer. These students have pledged the next three years of their lives to this illegal seminary, one of the many run across China by members of the Chinese Protestant underground."

A Newsweek article describing one of the lengths the growing Christian movement in China must go to to pursue their beliefs in a land whose government is fearful of the rise of religion, seeing it as a main threat to it's very existence.

According to the article China has at least 45 million Christians, the majority of whom are Protestant. Some observers such as Dennis Balcombe, a preacher from California who Newsweek reports has made hundreds of mission trips to China since the late 1970s say the numbers are much higher, even as high as 90 million.


The article offers a good insight into the rise of Christianity in China.

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