Is China about to Become the ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’?

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I asked Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights without Frontiers, which works to expose and defeat China’s poisonous one-child policy, of her reaction to news reports about the growth of Christianity in China:

To say that “China is on course to become the world’s most Christian nation,” as the Telegraph does, because China is predicted to have more Christians than any other country in 15 years is an overstatement.  Perhaps, in fifteen years, China will have more Christians within its borders than, for example, the United States.  But China’s population is four times that of the United States, so the proportion of Christians in China will still be smaller.  In addition, what is a “​Christian nation”​?  If it is a nation founded on Christian principles or reflecting Christian culture, then China is not that, and will not be that in 15 years.

The article states, “​Officially, the Peoples Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort . . .”​  To the contrary, the fact that Chinese citizens are seeking spiritual comfort has nothing to do with official communist policy.  This article barely mentions the fact that the CCP is persecuting Christians and has recently been demolishing churches in areas where the spread of Christianity is deemed “​excessive.  

The question is, what is the CCP going to do with respect to the rapid growth of Christianity in China?  Will they welcome it as a positive influence on their culture, or attempt to crush it as a potential threat to the supremacy of the CCP?

A sidebar about Church attendance here: In the United States, it is increasingly clear there are Christians unaccounted for — Catholics, in particular. The old-school parish family model may be missing significant numbers of people who aren’t registering.