Best-Selling Author Will Lecture on Christianity in China

April 14, 2010

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Best-selling author Dr. David Aikman will present "Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power" as part of a lecture series by the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Baylor University School of Law in the Appellate Classroom 127, 1114 S. University Parks Drive, Waco.

His lecture will discuss a general introduction to the current status of Christianity in China and how communism inadvertently led to a "flowering of the Christian faith." His lecture also will discuss the migration of Christianity from the countryside "house churches" into the cities.

"I want the audience to have an understanding of the phenomenal growth of Christianity in China in the past four decades," Aikman said.

Aikman was a senior correspondent and foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine and has covered three consecutive "Person of the Year" articles for TIME, which includes Deng Xiaoping in 1985, Corazon Aquino in 1986 and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

Aikman is professor of history and writer-in-residence at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Va. Since 2002, he has been a commentator on the editorial board of the radio network Salem Communications and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-span, the BBC and CBN. He has made guest appearances on ABC's Nightline and NBC's Today Show.

Aikman has authored nine books, among them The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict in the Middle East; The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism is a Threat to Your Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness; and Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.

For more information, call (254) 710-1510.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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