“Kitty” encountered Christianity at several junctures of her life in Eastern China — first through a wayward aunt, then through a reformed cousin, and finally via a high school classmate who was quiet about her faith.

But a lack of in-depth knowledge about the religion paired with an education based in Marxist principles, which shuns religion, led Kitty to discount Christianity while she lived in China.

“In school they would not say, ‘There is no God,'” said Kitty, a University of Texas graduate who asked that her Chinese name not be used. “They would just say, ‘You should believe in science. You should believe in anything you can see.’ So we only believed in something we could see or something we could hear. And surely we cannot see God.”

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