Progress Report, Week 9: Michael Ogburn

In our nine weeks of investigating Chinese religions and cults and various policies implemented by the government to control the spread and practices of religion, I still find the ideas of religio-genesis and persecution most interesting. As we have just started studying Christianity and its early growth, it will be interesting to relate the persecution of one of the most widespread religions to the various persecuted religions in China of the current day. I am sure we will find many similarities but also not a few differences in the upbringing of all of these persecuted religions. It seems then, that no matter where and no matter what religion, persecution always makes the faith in said religion stronger and attract more followers because of these strong-willed proponents of the faith, who even while facing the dangers of torture and possible execution stand firm in their faiths.

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