A few interesting and occasionally surprising facts from A Star in the East by Stark and Wang:
- Christianity is growing everywhere in China. Christianity is growing just as fast in the cities as in the rural districts.
- There is a prevalence of well-educated Chinese among urban Christians in China.
- The more affluent rural Chinese are more likely to convert.
- The middle-aged are more likely to convert than the young or elderly.
- Most rural Chines were introduced to Christianity by their family, friends and neighbours. In one study 90% of people had their initial contact with Christianity through interpersonal ties.
- Christians are significantly more likely than other Chinese to say they are “very happy”—44% compared to 34%.
- A substantial number of Communist Party members are Christians.
- We should expect the spread of Christianity among the Chinese to substantially improve their physical and mental health. Backed up by this study from Peking University.