Sunday, May 06, 2007

'The Reinvention of China'

The Times reports that China is set to become the most Christian country in the world, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Dr Williams described a "surprising" numerical expansion of Christianity in China, and also indicated there was no systematic persecution of Christians in a country once overtly hostile to any expression of religious belief.

Dr Williams said: "While there may not be systematic persecution of Christians or churches, or indeed of other religious bodies apart from certain designated sects in China, there is a situation of endemic uncertainty about what religious bodies may expect from the government."

He continued: "China is well on the way to becoming... the most heavily christianly populated country in the globe."

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