|A star in the East : the rise of Christianity in China|
Wang Xiuhua 王秀華
|Pub. Location||West Conshohocken, PA||Publisher||Templeton Press|
|Date||2015||Phys. Desc.||xi, 148 p. : ill., port., ; 23 cm.|
|Location||Admin. Office||Call Number||BR1285.S727 2015|
|A star in the East : the rise of Christianity in China / Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang.|
Includes bibliographical references (pages -139) and index.
Contents: The new religious awakening in China -- Christian missions to China: 1860-1950 -- Repression and Christian resistance -- Converting the educated -- Converting rural China -- Future prospects and consequences.
Stark approaches the topic from an extensive research background in both Christianity and Chinese history, and Wang provides an inside look at Christianity and its place in her home country of China. Both authors cover the history of religion in China, disproving older theories concerning not only the number of Christians, but the kinds of Christians that have emerged in the past 155 years. Stark and Wang claim that when just considering the visible Christians, those not part of underground churches, there are still thousands of Chinese being converted to Christianity each day, and forty new churches opening each week. A Star in the East draws on two major national surveys to sketch a close-up of religion in China. A reliable estimate is that by 2007 there were approximately 60 million Christians in China. If the current rate of growth were to hold until 2030, there would be more Christians in China—about 295 million—than in any other nation on earth. This has significant implications, not just for China but for the greater world order. It is probable that Chinese Christianity will splinter into denominations, likely leading to the same kinds of political, social, and economic ramifications seen in the West today.--OCLC note.