A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China by Rodney Stark

By Rodney Stark

What is the nation of Christianity in China, particularly? a few students say that China is invulnerable to faith. a few say that prior efforts of missionaries have failed, writing off those that have been switched over as not anything greater than “rice Christians,” or cynical souls who had frequented the missions for the advantages they supplied. a few wonder whether the Cultural Revolution extinguished any probabilities of Christianity in China.
Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang supply a unique point of view, arguing that Christianity is alive, good, or even at the upward push. Stark methods the subject from an in depth learn heritage in either Christianity and chinese language background, and Wang offers an within examine Christianity and its position in her domestic nation of China. either authors conceal the historical past of faith in China, disproving older theories referring to not just the variety of Christians, however the varieties of Christians that experience emerged long ago a hundred and fifty five years.  Stark and Wang declare that once simply contemplating the noticeable Christians, these now not a part of underground church buildings, there are nonetheless hundreds of thousands of chinese language being switched over to Christianity every day, and 40 new church buildings beginning each one week.
A megastar within the East attracts on significant nationwide surveys to cartoon a close-up of faith in China. a competent estimate is that via 2007 there have been nearly 60 million Christians in China. If the present fee of development have been to carry till 2030, there will be extra Christians in China—about 295 million—than in the other kingdom on the earth. This has major implications, not only for China yet for the higher global order. it's possible that chinese language Christianity will splinter into denominations, most probably resulting in an identical varieties of political, social, and fiscal ramifications visible within the West today.
            even if you’re new to learning Christianity in China, or no matter if this has been your niche for years, A famous person within the East provides a competent, thought-provoking, and fascinating account of the resilience of the Christian religion in China and the results it has for the future. 

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The evangelist glanced at me out of the corner of his eye, and then he, too, began to shriek and shout. Soon we were both shrieking and shouting, and jumping all around the podium. By the time we were about a half hour into his message, I began to feel terrible cramps around my heart. I couldn't breathe. My knees were trembling. Finally my body could take no more and, against every effort of my will, I simply began to sag. Although I could still hear the evangelist shouting as my knees began to collapse, it seemed as though my eyes had suddenly been switched off.

I loved God and wanted to work for Him, but my hidden motive was always the drive to succeed. I was very egotistical, and I wanted to do everything my own way. God had to destroy all that; otherwise the church would have been my work, not His. God had to break me so that I would be worthy to lead His flock. I did not know that at the time, and so in all of my striving for the Lord I was always running scared. Not only that, I was beginning to tire. By 1964 we were behind schedule, compared with my request to God for 3,000 members.

I was shaken. It was as though God had passed sentence on me, and yet there was a kind of peace in my trembling heart. I wanted to argue, but I knew I could not argue with God. For the next ten years, from 1964 to 1974, I felt as though I were dying at every moment. It has become clear to me that an arrogant man pays a very high price — a hardened heart is very hard to break. I had wanted to be broken in an instant; instead it took ten years to destroy "the Great Cho," as I had come to consider myself.

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