The Bamboo cross : Chinese Christianity on the rise

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  • Chinese Christians are growing in number-but are their beliefs compatible with Western teachings? Why does the Communist government look so favorably on a "foreign" faith? Has the Gospel become a tool of authoritarianism? This program searches for answers as it explores the startling ascent of Christianity in China. Outlining the persecution of Christians under Mao, the film studies a past split between nationalist Catholics and those who obeyed Rome; the differences between the Three-Self movement and the house church phenomenon; and the influence of poverty and migration on church membership. Leaders from Beijing's Christian Council, the China Christian Council, and other groups are featured.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 22, 2009.
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  • Communism and Religion: Prelude (2:06) -- Religion Under Mao (4:19) -- China: Legal Protestant Group (2:43) -- Protestant Rebels in China (4:47) -- China: Massive Relocation of People (2:35) -- Religion in Shanghai (3:20) -- Missionaries Outlawed in China (5:27) -- China: Government-Controlled Gospels (3:29) -- Marriage of Christianity and Government Three-Self Path (3:50) -- Criticism of Three-Self Church (3:21) -- Protestant Churches in Beijing (2:51) -- Government Control of House Churches (3:02) -- China's Catholic Church: Reconciliation (3:33) -- Catholic Church and Chinese Government (3:46) -- China: Underground Protestants (1:55)
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