30 May 2009

A Constantinian moment for China?

Western missiologists seem to have a fixation on Constantine as the prime villain of Christian history (see Notes from underground: St Constantine, Scapegoat of the West) but some are now hinting at a new Constantinian moment in the East.

The Western Confucian: A Chinese Constantine?:
Father Francesco Sisci says the 'exponential growth of Christianity in China would not have been possible without the forbearance and tacit encouragement of the regime' and that 'the Chinese government has shifted from persecution of Christians to subtle—and sometimes even open—encouragement of Christianity' — China's Catholic Moment.

He goes as far as to suggest that 'it is not an exaggeration to say we are near a Constantinian moment for the Chinese Empire, as the government looks to Christianity—particularly Catholicism—for an instrument of social cohesion.'

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