June 27, 2006

Vatican Gets It RE: China

Vatican, China officials meet - MSNBC.com
Two senior Vatican officials were in Beijing on Tuesday for talks on re-establishing diplomatic relations with China that were severed more than five decades ago, a Hong Kong newspaper said...
At the end of the "Intro. to Church History" class I took my first semester at seminary, the professor asked each student to put together a list of the ten most influential people in the history of the church since the Renaissance. (Check out Lucas' ruminations here and here and final list here. Note that his class didn't have the "since the Renaissance" limitation.) I put Hudson Taylor in the number one spot on my list. Here's what I wrote in justification:
History may very well show this one person to be the single most influential Christian since the Renaissance. Taylor’s work opening the vast but vastly underdeveloped nation of China to the Gospel forever established him in the history of missions, but as the twenty-first century dawns, it may be proving crucial for the future of the entire world. The China that is rapidly becoming an economic and military superpower would be a very different nation were it not for the upwards of 60 million Christians living there—a number that has increased 850% in the five decades since the Communist takeover. The influence of the church on the future of China remains to be seen, but it is not unthinkable to predict that it will make the difference between a benevolent China and a bellicose one in the decades to come.
When I read it in class, my professor laughed. He didn't get it.

Benedict XVI gets it.


At 10:01 AM, Blogger Chera said...

Wow, that's really interesting news to hear. I wonder how this will go! Thanks for sharing...


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