The man who owns the industrial valve company makes no secret of his religious faith: He’s a committed Christian. Once a week, he gathers together his senior staffers for prayer. Employees are invited to attend Bible studies on the premises and pray for one another’s needs. The factory owner is also quite open about another fact: When it comes to hiring, he would choose Christians over non-Christians every time-because he thinks they make better workers. You may think this company is located in South Carolina-but you’d be wrong. It’s in southeastern China. The company is exhibit “A” for the argument, backed up by social researchers, that Christian faith is responsible for much of China’s productivity.

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