While religion in China may not be a big topic for discussion during President Hu Jintao’s meeting with President Obama this week, many experts say that an explosive growth in Christianity may be transforming the officially atheist regime.
According to China Aid, a Texas-based human rights group, the number of Christians in China has increased 100-fold since 1949. Current estimates range from 80 million to 130 million active members. And one startling estimate from a Chinese Christian businessman has that number doubling or even tripling in the next generation.
Christianity could become one of the macro forces shaping Chinese culture, say experts like Dr. David Aikman, author of “Jesus in Beijing.”