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Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China And Changing the Global Balance of Power Paperback – November 1, 2006
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An unreported tectonic shift is happening in global politics--and it's driven by religion.
Within the next thirty years, one-third of China's population could be Christian, making China one of the largest Christian nations in the world. These Christians could also be China's leaders, guiding the largest economy in the world.
What is happening in China is what happened to the Roman Empire nearly two millennia ago--a great power transforming itself. The results could be astonishing.
Veteran reporter David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for Time magazine, takes you inside this revolution to reveal some shocking facts. In Jesus in Beijing, you'll learn:
*Why China might be America's next ally against radical Islam
*Why the Chinese believe that Christianity is crucial to the rise of the West--and of China
*Why fierce anti-Christian persecution and covert government encouragement exist side by side in China
*Why Chinese Christians see themselves as allies of the United States--and of Israel
*How the Christian underground has spread--and won over key members of the Chinese Communist Party
*The impact of a Christianizing China on global Christendom at large
In Jesus in Beijing, David Aikman recounts the fascinating story of how Christianity began in China (even predating Francis Xavier and the Jesuits), and the bloody anti-Christian persecutions (especially under the Communists), the revival of an underground Christian movement led by brave men and women risking death, and the flowering of Christianity today--though still under persecution.
While China's Communist rulers hope to reap the social and economic benefits of Christianity without losing power, as David Aikman so provocatively points out, the Chinese dragon might just be tamed by the Christian Lamb. Few books change the way a reader views the world. Jesus in Beijing is one of those books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He maintains the high standard set by writers such as David Adeney (China: The Church's Long March) and Tony Lambert (The Resurrection of the Chinese Church; China's Christian Millions), achieving both objectivity and appreciation in a careful balance.
After an appetizer-introduction, he traces the history of Christianity in China from the earliest missionary endeavors in the Tang Dynasty to the most current developments. His wide knowledge of history enables him to place each stage of the shurch's story in its larger context.
Lively writing, minute detail, arresting stories of many heroic individuals, and strategic insights make a potent combination; the book is hard to put down!
We come away with a deep respect for men and women who have risked all, and suffered much, to follow Christ, especially since the Communists took over in 1949. Widespread persecution, often marked by brutal, even barbaric, torture, has brought Chinese Christians through the refining fire that could not quench their zeal.
Though he concentrates upon the house churches, who form the vast majority of China's Christian millions, Aikman also offers a careful analysis of both the Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the two Roman Catholic organizations in China - one, like the TSPM, controlled by the government, the other loyal to the Vatican.Read more ›
While Aikman is clearly more favorable to the side of the house churches and their leaders, I do believe he was fair to Bishop Ding, the leader of the government's Three Self Patriotic Movement. While it can be argued that Ding has done much to advance Christian freedom in China, Ding also made statements in the past that go beyond simple respect for Chinese law... statements that were clearly pro-Communist. Ding also at times has professed a theology that is beyond liberal to a point that is simply not Christian. Ultimately, it is somewhat telling that Ding never spent a minute in prison while so many other Christians during Mao's reign, especially church leaders, were being brutally beaten and imprisoned for years at a time.
Aikman sides at the end of the book with Chinese Christians that are critical of far right American groups (including some Christians) that seem only to want to exploit Chinese government abuses (which are indefensible) in order to shut off US contact and trade with China. He supports the Christians who believe that China is making progress, even if it has a long way to go.Read more ›
Seth J. Frantzman
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Really makes you think about how serious you take your faith...Published 3 months ago by Curtis Dale Hook III
Excellent book to understand what God is doing in China. Well researched and updated several times. Great reading. GaryPublished 11 months ago by Gary R. Copeland
An excellent account of events up to the time of publication.
I hope there will be another book documenting further developments.
Excellent summary of the Christian activities in China from the very early days until the time of publishingPublished 17 months ago by Peter
Great read; Aikman is a reporter who personally interviewed Chinese members of the church, Catholic, Protestant, and those in the official Three-Self Patriotic Movement. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. S. Kirton