Chinese City Set to Become Bible Printing Capital of the World
In two weeks, the world’s largest Bible printing facility will open in Nanjing, China, prompting some to dub the historic eastern Chinese city the Bible printing capital of the world. … In collaboration with the United Bible Societies, Amity Printing Company, China’s only state-approved Christian publisher, will double their annual Bible printing output when the facility opens on May 19. … In 2007, Amity printed 6 million Bibles, but with the new facility, it has the potential to print up to 12 million per year. In other words, Amity will be producing 23 Bibles every minute.
“What excites me is our aim is to serve the Church in China,” he added. “All of this new production capability is available ‘first call’ for the mainland Chinese Church. If they want to print 12 million Bibles a year, they’ve got it.”
… Just 30 years ago, Christianity and the Bible were banned in China
… The Bible is printed in eight Chinese minority languages, as well as Braille Bible.
… Furthermore, the government-sanctioned Protestant body, the China Christian Council/Three Self Patriotic Movement (CCC/TSPM), said it is getting ready to produce Bibles as downloadable audio books so young people can listen to it on their MP3 players.
… Christianity is the second largest officially recognized religion in China.
May 6, 2008 | by Michelle A. Vu, Christian Post Reporter | christianpost.com "Chinese City Set to Become Bible Printing Capital of the World"
Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Christianity is China’s second-largest officially recognized religion. The Horizon surveys indicate that less than 4% of the adult population identifies as Christian, but there is indirect evidence that suggests this number could be low. In the three Horizon surveys, Protestants outnumber Catholics, which is generally in line with the government figures for the ratio of Christians associated with state-approved Protestant and Catholic Church associations. These associations represent only the churches registered as government-approved places of worship.
May 2, 2008 | Source: pewforum.org "Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics"