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China – part 3 – the awakening

10 February 2016


My blogs of 9 January and 31 January of this year were about the imminent Chinese economic and financial implosion. There is also a remarkable and public “explosion” of something that largely happens without too much attention: Christianity. Economist 2014: “Many experts, foreign and Chinese, now accept that there are probably more Christians than there are members of the 87m-strong Communist Party. Most are evangelical Protestants”.

From an ideological background, Christianity and Communism are not each others enemies. Perhaps even to the contrary. I am not surprised that some Americans are calling the new Roman Catholic Pope a communist (eg, BBC, PoliticoWP). China may claim to be a communist country but actions speak louder than words. From an economic perspective, China displays an even more raw version of capitalism than the USA. In this context, the Chinese communist version of capitalism will have mixed feelings about the surge in “communist” Christianity in China.

Strangely enough this trend in Chinese Christianity has been predicted by the famous American clairvoyant Edgar Cayce (1877-1945): On one occasion, Cayce told a group of people that eventually China would become “the cradle of Christianity, as applied in the lives of men.” In 1943, Cayce promised amazing changes in the country that would lead to more democracy and greater religious freedom. He also suggested that eventually the height of civilization would move from the West to the Chinese people: “And these will progress. For, civilization moves west.” (source)

An 2015 article in the Catholic News Agency provides an interesting explanation: “Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology”. They quote Rodney Stark, an American sociologist of religion, who stated that China’s intellectuals, “are very convinced they’ve got to turn West to understand the world they live in and they’re convinced by my argument that eastern religions don’t fit the modern world they’re engaged in, and that they need to look to the West to find philosophies and religions.”

Eastern religions, like Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, Stark maintained, “are all anti-progress; they all proclaim the world is going downhill from a glorious past, and that we should look backwards, not forwards. None of them admit that we’re able to understand anything about the universe – it’s something we have to meditate on, not something to try and theorize about, as the physicists and chemists do. And that doesn’t fit with the world that modern Chinese are experiencing having happened around them.” (CNA)

Based on an alleged annual growth rate of 7%, it would take until 2050 to be well over 1 billion Chinese Christians. The imminent Chinese economic and financial implosion may be like the Phoenix mythology: a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Decades ago, Edgar Cayce cautioned that it would take a long time to manifest but that it was the country’s destiny: “Yea, it is far off as man counts time, but only a day in the heart of God – for tomorrow China will awake.”

Frankly, I am baffled by the above. Sometimes the best kept secrets are hidden out in the open. 

China Crisis – Christian (1983) – artists, lyrics, Wiki

I could lose myself

In this honesty


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