Chinese State-Sponsored Christianity? Wang Zuoan Says PRC Aims to Develop Chinese Christian Theology

The growth of Christianity in the People’s Republic of China has prompted the Chinese Communist Party to consider developing an indigenous, Chinese Christian philosophy that incorporates Christian tenets with Chinese culture and CCP political goals such as the construction of state socialism according to senior official for religious affairs Wang Zuoan, who spoke at a recent Sinicization of Christianity in Shanghai conference.

It is estimated that there are 25 million to 40 million Christians in the People’s Republic of China, most of whom are protestant. The People’s Republic of China’s official state stance with regards to religion is atheism and this sometimes places it at odds with religious movements within the country, prominent among which include the Falun Gong movement.