Chinese Christians Swelling In Number As Orthodox Christianity Gets Left Behind

by Kristina Fernandez  |  published on November 4, 2014

China, an officially atheist country that is converting into Christianity at breakneck speed, is bound to become the world’s largest Christian country with about 250 million faithful by 2030, save for one group-the Orthodox Christians.

Yang Fenggang of Purdue University said that since the 1980s, the Chinese Christian community has been growing by an average of 10 percent per year. A Pew Research pegged their number at 67 million or roughly about five percent of the total population in mainland China in 2011.

Unless something short of a miracle happens, however, the Orthodox Christian community-the supposedly prevailing Christian group because of its geographical and historical traces in China-will not see a rise in number.

Present estimates suggest they are less than 0.1% of the population and will remain within their current number in the foreseeable future.