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Christians in China declining

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. 

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