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China will create own Christian belief system amid tensions with church, says official

New Chinese theology must suit Chinese culture and values, State Religious Affairs director says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 12:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 August, 2014, 9:42am
 

China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise.

China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai.

About 500,000 people are baptised as Protestants every year, it added.

"Over the past decades, the Protestant churches in China have developed very quickly with the implementation of the country's religious policy," the paper quoted Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, as saying.

"The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China's national condition and integrate with Chinese culture."

China's ruling Communist Party is officially atheistic and keeps a tight grip on religion for fear it could challenge its grip on power. It requires believers to worship in places approved by the state and under government supervision.

Besides officially sanctioned churches, China also has "underground" or "house" churches which seek to exist outside government control and are occasionally raided and shut down.

In April, authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, known as China's Jerusalem, with more than a million Christians, demolished a church following government claims it was an illegal structure.

Though a registered church, state media reported that the building was far larger than originally approved.

"Over the past years, China's Protestantism has become one of the fastest growing universal churches," Gao Feng, president of the China Christian Council, was quoted as saying in the China Daily report.

It did not include a number for Catholics in China, who must also worship only in officially sanctioned churches which reject the Vatican's authority, though an "underground" church loyal to the Holy See also exists.

Experts estimate that there are as many as 12 million Catholics in China, split roughly evenly between the two churches.

As of the end of last year, China had published 65 million copies of the Bible, the report said, including minority-language editions.

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mrlcooper
Ah yes. Love thy neighbour and do as thou art told by the CCP...
chaz_hen
"The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China's national condition and integrate with Chinese culture."
Oh great...they're going to create the most corrupt church system on Earth that'll make the Roman Catholics look innocent and humble.
ubifrancehk
I still remember how, a few months ago, some people were discussing whether Xi Jinping could be China's Gorbatchev - and then he launched a crackdown on pretty much everything : dissent, "corruption", religion, internet "rumors"...
MingBaakMei
The attitude of China's present leadership towards religion is no different to that which Chinese officialdom has adopted for the last 2,000 years. ALL religions of whatever flavour are to be beholden first and foremost to the State! Thus it is ensured, in days of old the Emperor and in the present day the CP, those in control are able to dictate what is and what is not appropriate to worship and obey within any given belief. So Falungong and the Dalai Lama are banned, and RC and Protestants are tolerated, subject to the State's constraints. This is the reality of China.
andreaswagner
And the last supper will be dumplings with cardboard filling and Moutai :)
lucifer
At the last supper, Jesus reminded his disciples, upon his death, they must have faith in the Party and trust the Party to carry out god's will.
Jesus must also look Chinese. He apparently was not as smart as the Buddha, who turned himself into a Han...
serpiente
The declining numbers of Chinese citizens applying for CCP membership will get a boost when Jesus Christ receives His Communist Party member ID
jiawang@adb.org
If China can create its own Christian belief system,
China should also create its own Muslim belief system.
The New Chinese Muslim theology should suit Chinese culture and values and bring peace.
This would solve the problem between China and its Muslims in Xinjiang.
smileavenue
Now I bear solemn witness to every man who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to these words God will add to him the disasters described in this book; if anyone takes away from the words of prophecy in this book, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city which are described in this book
Revelation 22:18-19J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
raglan
Throw away the King James Bible, that's obsolete, time we have the Xi Jinping Bible, may God bless China and all Chinese.....

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