By Our Religious Correspondent
Beijing, Oct 24 (IVC) Christians’ growth in China has come to a standstill, according to a new Pew Research Centre report released here recently. The growth in China has stalled since 2010, the report revealed.
In 2010 China’s Christian population was approximately 23.2 million adults in China self-identified as faith in Jesus Christ. In 2018, it was shrunken to 19.9 adults, self-identified as Christians. According to researchers, it was not a “statistically significant gap”.
Among Chinese Christians, the percentage zongjiao (Mandarin for “organized religion”) activity have also stagnated . Nearly 40 per cent (38%) of Christians said they engaged in such activities once a week in 2010 , but that figure dipped slightly to 35 per cent in 2018.
“Some scholars have relied on a mix of fieldwork studies, claims by religious organizations, journalists’ observations and government statistics to suggest that China is experiencing a surge of religion and is perhaps even on a path to having a Christian majority by 2050”, the Pew Research Report stated.