Shaanxi Opens “Sinicization of Christianity Research Center”
10/07/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – On September 28, Shaanxi province’s “Sinicization of Christianity Research Center” held a launching ceremony and celebrated the successful closing of “Chang’an Forum,” a symposium on Sinicization of Christianity at Shaanxi Bible School.
Various government representatives, such as officials in charge of provincial Ethnic and Religious Affairs, Ethnic and Religious Affairs’ leader at United Front, and chairman of the two state-sanctioned provincial Protestant organizations (Lianghui) all attended to congratulate the launch.
Pastor Wang Jun who chairs the Shaanxi Lianghui gave a remark, saying that the establishment of such center is a great event that has historical meaning, a major action taken by the Shaanxi Lianghui to promote Sinicization of Christianity.
A researcher from Shaanxi Academy of Social Sciences hired to be adviser to the center gave the following suggestions for the Sinicization of Christianity: 1) to insist on the theology of Christianity to mainly focus on people’s spirituality; 2) to learn how to implement Sinification of Christianity from the history; 3) to begin the research from a global perspective; 4) to actively seek current research trend and development; 5) to learn and incorporate Confucianism, and 6) take various approaches to spread the Gospel.
President Xi Jinping first coined the term “Sinicization” in 2015 in the hope that all religions in China will conform to the policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Not surprisingly, the CCP has since been implementing regulations to coerce religious people to practice their faith in accordance with CCP’s ideology. Hundreds of churches have had their crosses removed, biblical couplets taken down, and were asked to hold flag-raising ceremony as a result.
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