Handbook on Religion in China
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Handbook on Religion in China

Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang

Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Chapter 17: Protestant Christianities in contemporary China

R. G. Tiedemann


Protestant Christianity has since 1980 grown both in the number of its adherents and in its variation, despite the controls of the official Protestant association and the actions of the police against cults and unauthorized buildings. This chapter gives a full description of this variation, both among officially recognized Protestant churches and among the much more numerous churches outside the official association. Meeting places, churches, preachers and their networks are spread through every province, and among some of China’s ethnic minorities. Distinctly Chinese versions of Christianity have emerged and persisted.

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