Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power / Edition 1

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Politics are being transformed by religion, namely in China—within the next thirty years, one-third of this potential superpower could be Christian.

If this religious transformation occurs, China would be one of the largest Christian nations in the world.

David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for Time, unveils this spiritual revolution, detailing the impending political-religious conversion of the People’s Republic of China and potential overthrow of its Communist Party through Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming and Changing the Global Balance of Power.

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Foreign Affairs
Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for Time, starts his impressive analysis of the state of Christianity in China with a solid review of its early history, from the Nestorians and Jesuits to the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions. Most of this book, however, is devoted to the current scene, which consists of Communist Partysponsored Protestant and Catholic churches and thousands of "home churches" that are technically illegal but often have large, conspicuous buildings. Indeed, the authorities are more than a little ambivalent about how to treat Christianity: the party faithful continue to regard all religion as a threat, whereas researchers at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences assert that it was Christianity that made the West strong. Aikman builds his analysis around a diverse array of individual Christians, from entrepreneurs and entertainers to foreign service officers and party officials. He estimates that "Christian believers in China, both Catholic and Protestant, may be closer to 80 million than the official combined Catholic-Protestant figure of 21 million" and that "it is possible that Christians will constitute 20 to 30 percent of China's population within three decades." Like the many observers who get carried away speculating about China's economic growth, Aikman proclaims that this spread of Christianity will ultimately change the global balance of power. But one does not have to agree with such a prediction to find much of interest in this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261281
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Jesus Comes to Beijing 5
Ch. 2 Pathfinders 19
Ch. 3 Patriarchs 47
Ch. 4 Uncles 73
Ch. 5 Aunts, Nephews, and Nieces 97
Ch. 6 Seminaries: Training a New Generation 119
Ch. 7 Early Years of the "State Church" 135
Ch. 8 After the Cultural Revolution 161
Ch. 9 China's "Jerusalem" 179
Ch. 10 Back to Jerusalem 193
Ch. 11 Catholics 207
Ch. 12 Persecution 227
Ch. 13 Artists, Writers, and Academics 245
Ch. 14 Foreigners 263
Ch. 15 China's Christian Future? 285
Appendixes 293
Notes 309
Acknowledgments 323
Index 327
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Eye-opening, powerful, inspiring

    Understanding the explosive growth of Chinese Christianity is critical to world religious affairs. World-renowned journalist Aikman fills his impressive book with brilliant observations about the explosive growth of Chinese Christianity. He takes the readers on a compelling journey -- from farmers in villages to intellectuals in mega-cities. The stories of these hidden Christians are unforgettable.

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