As the dominant religion in Europe, North and South America, Christianity is viewed as force for traditional values and stability. In the beginning, however, Christianity was seen as a revolutionary and destabilizing force — a threat to the Empire of Rome.
In China, as in ancient Rome, Christianity is still seen as a potentially disruptive and dangerous force, unresponsive to the control of the state. The Chinese government, for security reasons, prefers to pick its own priests and pastors, rather than leaving this duty to the Vatican and other denominations. Over the centuries, Christianity was a wedge that facilitated Western powers in dismembering China.
But the home-grown versions of the faith have caused plenty of trouble, too.
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