Religion of the Oppressed

As usual, I was reading an article over at Slate about Christianity in China. I started thinking about how Christianity is well-suited for the religious minority in China.

Christianity started as a religion of the oppressed. The basis of its message is caring for and empowering the poor. So what if it’s nonsense and he’s just another apocalyptic prophet, you could do a lot worse when coming up with a basis for a religion. It’s gives people incentive to be good and it has a strong social equity platform. Thus, it works really well for an oppressed people, because it speaks to social justice, fairness, and generosity. That sort of natural community building is excellent for a secret society of underground Christian sects.

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