Articles

Is the Chinese government preparing a crackdown on Christianity in China? And does it have to do…
Apr 9, 2018
With the Vatican and Beijing on the verge of a historic deal, I take a deeper look at the problems…
Feb 14, 2018
In his first comments since news of a possible deal between the Vatican and Beijing broke, an…
Feb 11, 2018
In this NYT piece , I write about surprising new develops in Sino-Vatican relations.
Jan 29, 2018
In this interview with Five Books, I give my favorite five books on religion in China.
Jan 17, 2018
How are Chinese Catholics faring during this period of tensions between Beijing and the Vatican?…
Sep 27, 2017
In this multi-book review essay for the NYRB, I look at the fate of China's rights lawyers and…
Aug 4, 2017
In this review for the Christianity-in-China website ChinaSource, founder Brent Fulton writes:…
Jul 23, 2017
In this excerpt of my book in The Atlantic , I introduce on of China's most charismatic pastors,…
Apr 25, 2017
Is there really hope of a rapprochement between Beijing and the Vatican? 
Dec 29, 2016
Francis and Xi: recording a Sinica Podcast about the Vatican's possible rapprochement with…
Nov 14, 2016
My piece in the New York Times on Xi's efforts to keep a lid on China's explosive religious…
Oct 7, 2016
While copy-editing my new book on China's religious revival, I came across this photo in my files…
Sep 2, 2016
My report in the Sunday New York Times from China's Christian heartland on the government's…
May 21, 2016
China's cross-removal campaign has hit a snag: its own government-backed churches, which…
Aug 13, 2015
Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.
Jul 2, 2015
The demolition of a church in Wenzhou, the economic boomtown south of Shanghai, garnered some…
Jun 2, 2014
I recently had the chance to read a couple of fascinating books about Christianity's growth in…
Feb 20, 2014
At last year's U.S. Catholic China conference, I had the honor of interviewing UC San Diego…
Feb 4, 2014
In late August, two dozen Chinese intellectuals met at Oxford University and drew up a statement…
Oct 19, 2013
Yuan Zhiming, who helped create one of the most important TV shows of 1980s China ("River Elegy"),…
Sep 4, 2012