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A Critique Of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement

Previously, I have written about how China’s churches are regulated.

Today, I read an interesting article about the Three-self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), China’s official protestant church. The article, written by a pastor who left the TSPM for a house church, offers a critique from someone who has worked there and has later become disenchanted.

It […]

The Officialdom of China’s Churches

Both the Xujiahui Church, or the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, and Shanghai Community Church belong to China’s official churches. At Shanghai Community Church, there is a Shanghai Ethnic and Religious Affairs committee plaque on its hallway. Such official churches amount to around thirty in Shanghai.

They are “official” because the government recognizes them, supports them, […]