Christianity and Chinese Popular Religion: The success of Christianity in China

Religion and Theology
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This essay analyzes that how the Christianity got success in China through the story of Assunta Pallotta and True Jesus Church (TJC). This analysis begins with the summary of both the articles and also offer comments related to different aspects of the articles.


Additionally, to compare these two articles, one thing is very notable that the success of Christianity in China gives credits to Chinese culture and popular religion. Furthermore, the superstition considered by general scholars becomes positive factors to establish foundation of Christianity in China, such as the process of beatification of religious figure and religious healing. Personally I think the reason that both religions of Chinese and Western converge together is that the function of religion is the same in society although Chinese and Western Religion established based on different philosophy and cosmology. The first article that I read first is “A Messianic Deliverance for Post-Dynastic China: the Launch of the True Jesus Church (TJC) in the Early Twentieth Century,” written by Lian Xi. In this article Xi searches the growth of the TJC as element of a rising native Chinese Christianity (Xi: 407-41). According to him in 1917, under the American Pentecostalism’s control this TJC started. By the 1990s, the number of TJC members was more than a million as it sprang up rapidly into a popular religious sect. However, this article supports the Chinese side to tell the history as the author argues that the foundation and development of TJC gives credits to the history experienced by China and upheaval of China’s society. In order to prove his argument, he organized his paper followed by time sequence and divided it according to the important historical events and eras. ...
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