The Chinese regime and its fight against Christmas


Christianity in China has been present since at least the 3rd century, and it has gained a significant amount of influence during the last 200 years.

While Christianity may have existed in China before the 3rd century, evidence of its existence begins to surmount with the attestation of the Syriac-speaking ethnographer Bardesanes at the end of the 2nd century. Presently, verifiable evidence of Christianity’s existence in China can only be dated back to the 7th century. The significant lack of evidence of Christianity’s existence in China between the 3rd century and the 7th century can likely be attributed to the barriers placed in Persia by the Sassanids and the closure of the trade route in Turkestan.

Both events prevented Christians from staying in contact with their mother church, the Syriac Antiochian Church, thereby halting the spread of Christianity until the reign of emperor T’sai-tsung, or Taizong (627-649). Taizong, who had studied the Christian Scriptures which were given to him by the Assyrian missionary Alopen, realized “their propriety and truth and specifically ordered their preaching and transmission.”

The Syro-Persian Church of the East (frequently mischaracterized as Nestorianism) appeared in China in the 7th century, during the Tang dynasty. Catholicism was one of the religions patronized by the emperors of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty, but it did not take root in China until it was reintroduced by Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century.[5] Beginning in the early nineteenth century, Protestant missionaries attracted small but influential followings, and independent Chinese churches were also established.

It is estimated that Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China.[6] There were some four million before 1949 (three million Catholics and one million Protestants).[7] Accurate data on Chinese Christians is difficult to access.



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