Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bibles in China

China allows only one state-sanctioned Bible printer to stay in operation. The Amity Printing Company in Nanjing has been in business some 20 years and prints about 12 million Bibles annual. That's hardly enough for a population of 1.3 billion. There are some 30 million Christians worshiping at government-approved churches and it's estimated that tens of millions more gathering in underground churches. A quarter of the Bibles printed at Amity go over seas. You can only buy a Bible legally through a state-run church. Visitors to China caught smuggling in copies face stiff prison sentences.

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