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Ariana Lindquist

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Incense burner at a Mazu temple.

Because of Christianity’s growing popularity in China it is easy to see why this religion may be perceived as a form of cultural colonialism and a threat to Communist Party power. In contrast to the pluralism emphasized by Chinese religion, Christianity emphasizes exclusivity because it requires a conversion that rejects other religions. This rejection is displayed by the use terms like “superstitions” to disparage traditional practices such as Mazu worship. Christianity also places devotion to God above fealty to government authority.
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Incense burner at a Mazu temple. <br />
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Because of Christianity’s growing popularity in China it is easy to see why this religion may be perceived as a form of cultural colonialism and a threat to Communist Party power. In contrast to the pluralism emphasized by Chinese religion, Christianity emphasizes exclusivity because it requires a conversion that rejects other religions. This rejection is displayed by the use terms like “superstitions” to disparage traditional practices such as Mazu worship. Christianity also places devotion to God above fealty to government authority.