Being Christian In China's Jerusalem [world Service]

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01Being Christian in China's Jerusalem - Heart and Soul2016091620160918 (WS)

Being Christian in Wenzhou, the city known as China's Jerusalem

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

China is an atheist state, officially, but Christianity is booming. It is estimated that there are more Christians in the country than members of the Communist Party.

Danny Vincent travels to the south-east coast to the city of Wenzhou – known as China’s Jerusalem. In Wenzhou, he discovers the scale of the recent demolitions by the government of crucifixes, the most venerated symbol of the Christian faith, officially because they are too tall or illegal. It is estimated that 1,700 crosses have been knocked down since 2014. Danny Vincent travels to Wenzhou to meet Pastor Zhang, an illegal pastor in one of the thousands of underground churches that serve the millions of Chinese Christians.

However, he also meets a pastor from a government registered church who defends the crosses being taken down and how he says the real reasons that crosses are demolished is because they are illegally built and not because the Chinese government is so concerned about the meteoric rise in the faith.

(Photo: A giant red cross propped up against a window)

01Heart and Soul20160918

01Heart and Soul20160918

Being Christian in Wenzhou, the city known as China's Jerusalem

01Heart and Soul20160918

China is an atheist state, officially, but Christianity is booming. It is estimated that there are more Christians in the country than members of the Communist Party.

Danny Vincent travels to the south-east coast to the city of Wenzhou – known as China’s Jerusalem. In Wenzhou, he discovers the scale of the recent demolitions by the government of crucifixes, the most venerated symbol of the Christian faith, officially because they are too tall or illegal. It is estimated that 1,700 crosses have been knocked down since 2014. Danny Vincent travels to Wenzhou to meet Pastor Zhang, an illegal pastor in one of the thousands of underground churches that serve the millions of Chinese Christians.

However, he also meets a pastor from a government registered church who defends the crosses being taken down and how he says the real reasons that crosses are demolished is because they are illegally built and not because the Chinese government is so concerned about the meteoric rise in the faith.

(Photo: A giant red cross propped up against a window)

01Heart and Soul20160918

China is an atheist state, officially, but Christianity is booming. It is estimated that there are more Christians in the country than members of the Communist Party.

Danny Vincent travels to the south-east coast to the city of Wenzhou – known as China’s Jerusalem. In Wenzhou, he discovers the scale of the recent demolitions by the government of crucifixes, the most venerated symbol of the Christian faith, officially because they are too tall or illegal. It is estimated that 1,700 crosses have been knocked down since 2014. Danny Vincent travels to Wenzhou to meet Pastor Zhang, an illegal pastor in one of the thousands of underground churches that serve the millions of Chinese Christians.

However, he also meets a pastor from a government registered church who defends the crosses being taken down and how he says the real reasons that crosses are demolished is because they are illegally built and not because the Chinese government is so concerned about the meteoric rise in the faith.

(Photo: A giant red cross propped up against a window)

Being Christian in Wenzhou, the city known as China's Jerusalem

02Communism And The Meteoric Rise Of Christianity In China - Heart And Soul2016092320160925 (WS)

Rural Christian workers arriving in China's mega-cities are changing the social landscape

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Every year millions of rural Chinese workers swarm into the new vast mega-cities that are growing seemingly unconstrained all over this vast country. As they settle and populate cities like Beijing and Shanghai, they are bringing their Christian faith with them, changing the social and religious landscape of the country, and challenging the moral authority of the Communist Party.

Danny Vincent meets the people worshipping in the shadows, out of sight of the government who have decreed that practising their faith is illegal. Danny asks whether the state is worried that Chinese Christians will shift their loyalty from the ideals of the Communist state to the word of God.

02Heart and Soul20160925

Rural Christian workers, arriving in China's megacities are changing the social landscape

Every year millions of rural Chinese workers swarm into the new vast megacities that are growing seemingly unconstrained all over this vast country.

As they settle and populate cities like Beijing and Shanghai, they are bringing their Christian faith with them, changing the social and religious landscape of the country, and challenging the moral authority of the Communist Party.

In the second part of his journey exploring Christianity in China, Danny Vincent meets the people worshipping in the shadows, out of sight of the government who have decreed that practicing their faith is illegal.

Danny asks whether the state is worried that Chinese Christians will shift their loyalty from the ideals of the Communist state to the word of God.

02Heart And Soul20160925

Rural Christian workers, arriving in China's megacities are changing the social landscape

Every year millions of rural Chinese workers swarm into the new vast megacities that are growing seemingly unconstrained all over this vast country.

As they settle and populate cities like Beijing and Shanghai, they are bringing their Christian faith with them, changing the social and religious landscape of the country, and challenging the moral authority of the Communist Party.

In the second part of his journey exploring Christianity in China, Danny Vincent meets the people worshipping in the shadows, out of sight of the government who have decreed that practicing their faith is illegal.

Danny asks whether the state is worried that Chinese Christians will shift their loyalty from the ideals of the Communist state to the word of God.