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Overview Covering a largely overlooked story, the TIME magazine correspondent focuses on Christianity in China, charting the rapid progress of conversions to Christianity, especially among the sons and daughters of Communist Party elites, and arguing that this change could radically alter China, and the world, within the next generation.
Publishers Description Politics are being transformed by religion, namely in China--within the next thirty years, one-third of this potential superpower could be Christian. If this religious transformation occurs, China would be one of the largest Christian nations in the world. David Aikman, former Beijing bureau chief for "Time," unveils this spiritual revolution, detailing the impending political-religious conversion of the People's Republic of China and potential overthrow of its Communist Party through "Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming and Changing the Global Balance of Power."
Citations And Professional Reviews Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power by David Aikman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Charisma & Christian Life - 05/01/2004 page 104
Christianity Today - 03/01/2004 page 75
Christian Century - 04/06/2004 page 34
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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.31" Width: 6.33" Height: 1.15" Weight: 1.33 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 0895261286 ISBN13 9780895261281
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More About David Aikman
David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with wide knowledge and deep experience of the politics and religion of China. He served more than two decades as a foreign correspondent with TIME Magazine, reporting from five continents on many dramatic world events. Most recently, he authored "Jesus in Beijing, How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the World Balance of Power "and the best-seller "A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush.""
David Aikman currently resides in Burke Lovettsville, in the state of Virginia. David Aikman was born in 1944.
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Good book Jan 22, 2008
this is a good book. Its only fault is that it doesn't talk enough about the Three Self Movement or Catholics. However, it does go into great detail concerning house churches and the House Church movement. This might upset some people, but its a good read.
The New Christendom Dec 13, 2007
Philip Jenkins has alerted Westerners to the fact that the centers of Christendom are moving from their traditional locations in Europe and North America. Christianity is growing exponentially in Africa, of course, but in China, too, the numbers of adherents continues to grow. Jesus In Beijing speculates that withing the next thirty years, a third of China's population may be Christians, making it one of the largest Christian nations in the world.
David Aikman, former Time Magazine bureau chief in Beijing, has written a winsome account of the history and development of Christianity in a nation with which he is very familiar. His personal contacts with House Church leaders, past and present, and with leaders of the Three Self "State" Church, give the book a clarity not likely to be repeated. It will undoubtedly become a standard reference in years to come. Aikman's style is always well-paced, so the book is a delight both for the scholar and the novice.
Aikman on China Sep 13, 2007
Mr. Aikman has presented an excellent picture of the development of Christianity in China, right up to the present. It is very well written, enjoyable to read, and very informative. Having traveled to China on numerous occasions in recent years, I have found that my experiences have been confirmed by what he writes. This book is the best I have come across if you are looking for a picture of the recent development and situation of the church in China.
Jesus in Beijing Mar 2, 2007
Jesus in Beijing is a well written account of the history of Christianity in China from 600 A.D. to the present. Most of the book deals with the 20th Century. In the early 1970's, after the oppression and persecution of Mao's Cultural Revolution some western observers wondered if Christianity still survived in China. As it turned out, the church was alive and well. In spite of persecution of varying intensity throughout the reign of the Communist Party in China, the church has grown from about three million to approximately seventy million people today. One of the most surprising things about this rapidly growing church is its response to the increasing affluence of freedom within China today. Instead of focusing on material pleasures and toys, much of the church is dreaming of evangelizing the predominately Muslim lands between China and Israel. They reason that the Chinese church already knows how to suffer poverty and persecution and feel that they are prepared to pay the price for spreading the Christian message in Muslim countries. The author's speculation about the impact of Christianity on China's geopolitical future are also very interesting. While the possibility of the emergence of China as a belligerent, adversarial superpower exists, the author feels that the influence of Christianity on China may lead to a future in which China and the United States may in fact become allies. An interesting, informative book. Highly recommended.
Two Jews - Marx & Jesus in China Nov 18, 2006
Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is transferring China and changing the Global Balance of Power, is a personal account of a reporter who dedicated the martyrs for their faith from CE 635 to modern time. This book gives a brief orientation on how Christianity came to China in 7th Century known as Nestorian Christians. There was a stele commemorating this east-west cultural and religious exchange, being translated by James Legge in bilingual text that I happened to have a reprint copy. Then he carried on the history to the new millennium. Besides Franciscan, Dominican and Augustinian, Jesuits had a good relationship with the Royal Court in the exchange of knowledge in 17th Century. However, the Pope, a religion authority tried to interfere the cultural and internal affairs of China over the tradition rite of honoring ancestors and Confucius. The Chinese Emperors issued "Edit of Expulsion and Confiscation" to drive Catholics out. The 19th Century of Anglo-Saxon Protestant ventured back to China in opium boats and gunboats. No wonder why Marx called Religion is the opium of people. Robert Morrison, an Englishman, was credited to translate the Bible into Chinese with no mention to the assistance from his convert Liang Fa. Morrison came in and was employed by East India Company, the monopoly opium pusher and smuggler to Chinese. England waged the Opium Wars 1839 and 1856. He died of diseases and was buried in East India Company cemetery in Macau. The Gospel of John was beautifully translated in Taoist terms, totally disregard to intellectual property. Chinese God Son, Hong Xiuquan who wanted to establish Chinese version of Kingdom of Heaven, made the Christian Tai Ping Rebellion. However, this Heavenly Peace Kingdom was brutally suppressed by the Christian Europe in manpower and gun power in support with The Ching Dynasty The 1900 Boxer Movement was a struggle against foreigners especially missionaries. The book did not mention two humiliating unequal treaty terms known as most-favored nation clause meaning if a foreign power squeezed any Chinese concessions, all other powers would share the same privileges, and extra-territoriality which meant all foreigners in China were not subject to the laws and jurisdiction of Chinese government. This book did not ask the question: why Boxer pick on the disciples of "love your neighbors as yourself"? These God's representatives did not practice what they peach. There were many exceptions such as American Rev. Hunter Corbett, whose grandson I met last year. The American share of Boxer Indemnity was devoted to Chinese higher education with heavy lobby. (See articles in magazine Chinese American Forum). The Three Self Churches was created by Chinese Christians in 1920s not in 1950s as alleged, to declare independence from foreign masters who dictated power, donations and policy, long before Mao's regime to administer patriotic church affairs. A Chinese pastor confirmed recent incidence of such hard-nose attitude and he rebuked and refused such conditional funding. The subsequent chapters described Christian mainly protestant house church activities and politics under Mao's Republic. Only one chapter was about Roman Catholics. Chapter 14 talked about missionaries came in disguise as English teacher by lies and deception. In mid 90s, some feverish American missionaries came to recruit Chinese converts to smuggle Bibles to China. Why not they themselves do the dirty work? This chapter also exposed a home grown quasi-Christian cult know as Eastern Lightning with an reincarnation of Jesus as a Chinese woman along with others such as Born-Again movement, Falungong and Little Flock. David gave an impressive detail account on the development of Christianity in China. It is "love your neighbor as yourself" doctrine to the teaching in the land of "do not do onto others as you do not want others do onto you". He devoted the last chapter in "China's Christian future?" with the possible answers - a more responsible power, an emerging menace, democracy and changing the fare of Christendom.
Reading this book creates the following questions. 1. Nestorian Christians came to China but died out long time, Mohammed established Islam and immediately sent his four disciples to China where they all left their body and soul in Beijing. Does it mean China will become Christian or Moslem? 2. China is a virgin land from missionary eyes, what will happen if all denominations ranging from Baptist, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Pentecostal, Jehovah's Witness, Seven-Days Adventists, Moon's Church to Branch Davidian of Waco Texas claim their share and dominate with eventual government tanks crushing? 3. Will orthodox Christianity accept Chinese Gnostic Christians incorporating the teaching of Buddhism, Taoism and folk religions as cult members? 4. What will happen if Chinese Christians find out lie in be(lie)f, history and theology, Jesus and Christ, truth and faith, and Catholic and Protestant? 5. Will Chinese Christian burn witches, start Crusade killings, and turn hospitals into churches with faith healing miracle to avoid high medical cost? 6. Will Chinese Christian support stem cell research, abortion and the teaching of evolution? 7. Will US accept Chinese Christian made according to American compassion self image? (The allegation P.288 about China closed in upon great hostility to US between Korean War and Kissinger's visit was doubtful. If he researched further, he would find that Premier Chou En-lai always wanted American friendship but US red scare prevented it from happening. Chou extended his hand to the American official at the encounter of Indo-China Peace meeting 1954 and was refused. This is why Nixon upon arrival Beijing stepped up and extended his hand to Chou first for a 28-year make-up.) 8. Will the evangelical Chinese Christian on west journey to Jerusalem convert Moslems to bring about crush and confrontation? 9. Will foreign powers invade Christian China to protect national interest? 10. Will a Christian China lamb become the political and economic scapegoat when Christian brothers lose their jobs or rocket secrets? 11. Does the American public know about the educator missionary - Minnie Vautrin being honored with a bronze bust and a scholarship fund in her former campus in Nanking, China 2002? Please read about her in book, The American Goddess at Rape of Nanking, by Dr Hua-ling Hu and review. 12. The Bill of Rights came about because before American and French Revolutions in Christian world, there were only Divine rights and king's right, but not human rights. Was UN human right draft based on Christian or Confucius idea? Check it out. 13. Will Jesus laugh or cry if he witnesses his disciples instead of standing with him on humanity, justice and peace, destroy other ethnic cultures, change their value system and the mode of thinking? 14. Will Chinese Christian send back missionaries to first and second world countries to win back lost souls as major Cathedrals serve more as tourist attraction than houses of worship? 15. Will Chinese Christian make the same remarks as their American Indian brothers: We used to have land and they have the Bible; now we have the Bible and they have the land? 16. Will Chinese Christian be the blessed peacemaker on diversity harmony among the brotherhood of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as God is the Father of three faiths? 17. Will a powerful Christian China become an imperial or colonial power as their Christian brothers of 19th Century? 18. What will happen when Chinese Christians are Bible lover but ignorant about Buddhism and Taoism both of which are the spiritual salvation for Western seekers? 19. Will Chinese Christian want to have the best by declaring to be a Taoist-Christian as so claimed by my American campus minister friend? 20. Will Chinese Christian practice what they preach? 21. The producer of River Eulogy, Yuan Zhiming and company dreamed of democracy in China based on Christianity. He tried hard to adapt by misinterpreting and distorting ancient Chinese Classics to convert. It is interesting to ask why Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, a devoted Christian failed miserably in bringing about democracy even some of his supporters baptized their troops with garden hose. 22. Will a Christian China become American two-party or European multi-party democracy? Why a high number of Christian countries notably in Africa and South America are not relevant? 23. What will happen if China becomes a theocracy? 24. Will Chinese Christian accept from the DNA burden of "Communist five black types" to that of "Original sin"? 25. Will Chinese Christians be willing to switch from "shame" culture to "sin" culture? 26. Will Chinese Christian prevent exposing clergy in sexual scandal and corruption? 27. Will Chinese Catholic keep Vatican II in treating Jews, Buddhists, Moslems and people of other faiths in respect without conversion? 28. Will Chinese Christian judge others, good or bad depending on their Christian membership? 29. What will happen when Chinese Christian create a "Chinese Messiah" and start a "People Temple"? 30. How will Chinese Christians treat belivers as family menbers or as Confucius teaching that all human around four seas are? 31. Will chinese Christians unite Catholics, Roman and Eastern Orthodox,and all denominations of Protestants? 32. Will God feel good if the Garden of Eden is full of only Christians, one kind of plant, animal and fish? 33. Will Chinese Christians become Anti-Semitics because the Bible said Jews killed Jesus? 34. Will Chinese Christians expect the victims turn the other cheek? Will Chinese Christians accept other Christians as brothers and sisters or accept all human as brothers and sisters taught by Confucius?
It is a miracle to see how a Jewish cult develops into a culture. Jesus sacrifices his life in protest against inhumanity, inequality and unjust of the Roman Empire. Truly this man was the Son of God, exclaimed the Roman centurion (Mark 15:39)
Mr Karl Marx, please sit down! Will the real Jesus please stand up?