There is evidence that Christian and Islamic influence goes back to the third century A.D.
Even so, China has never had an organized religion dominate the culture as religions have in Western and Middle Eastern countries.
During the Tang Dynasty in 878 A.D., a rebel leader named Huang Chao burned and pillaged Guangzhou (better known in the West as Canton) killing tens of thousands of Muslims, Jews, and Christians.
There were two Opium Wars during the middle of the nineteenth century where France and England forced opium and Christian missionaries on China.
The result was the Taiping Rebellion, which was led by a Christian convert, Hong Xiuquan, known as God’s Chinese son. Hong claimed to be Jesus Christ’s younger brother.
Estimates say twenty to thirty million Chinese may have died during this religious war, far more than all the Crusades combined.
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