The government of Communist China has evidently decided that if it can’t stop Christianity from growing by leaps and bounds, it would be better to deform it. According to the South China Morning Post:
China will construct a “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise.
“Over the past decades, the Protestant churches in China have developed very quickly with the implementation of the country’s religious policy,” the paper quoted Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, as saying.
“The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.”
Peter Weber of The Week adds:
Wang didn’t elaborate on this new “Chinese Christian theology,” but the Three-Self Patriotic Movement’s Gu Mengfei explained that the year-old Chinese push to promote correct Christian theology encourages pastors and laypeople alike to extract moral teachings in line with Biblical times and with other religious faiths. “This will encourage more believers to make contributions to the country’s harmonious social progress, cultural prosperity, and economic development,” Gu added.
Rumor has it that Beijing is going to consult with Katherine Jefforts-Schori and Gradye Parsons, well-known experts in subverting Protestant churches to the cultural and political Zeitgeist, in order to formulate this new “Chinese Christian theology.”