Christian China, takes on Islam, Oh Good.

Here’s a purported future trend that has some on the right salivating – a rapidly Christianizing China acting as a natural counterweight to Islam. According to National Review’s, Mark Krikorian (bio):

Christianity has much better prospects in Red China than in Taiwan or Hong Kong (or Japan). It’s not just cultural characteristics that determine how receptive a people might be to the Gospel (or any other religious or political message), but also the political and historical circumstances. Koreans were uniquely open to Christianity, for instance, because it wasn’t the religion of their oppressors (the Japanese) and its adoption could be seen as a patriotic act (kind of like sticking with Roman Catholicism in Ireland or Poland).

After being suppressed by the ChiComs for so long (something that didn’t happen in Taiwan or Hong Kong), Christianity may well have succeeded in earning real credibility among a significant number of Chinese, and could well be appealing to modernizing people in the big cities looking for something to believe in.

While I wouldn’t place any bets on a Chinese army razing Mecca, it seems perfectly plausible that China could have 200 million Christians in the not-too-distant future.

Read the article that started the discussion off and dissent from old-style Tory, John Derbyshire.