Although Calvinism is shrinking in western Europe
and North America, it is experiencing an extraordinary success in China
. I spent some time on Monday talking to the Rev May Tan, from Singapore
, where the overseas Chinese community has close links with mainland China. The story she told of the spread of Calvinist religion
as an elite religion in China was quite extraordinary. There may be some parallels with the growth of Calvinism in South Korea
, where the biggest presbyterian churches in the world are to be found, but it’s absolutely unlike the pattern in Africa and Latin America. There, the fastest growing forms of Christianity
are pentecostal, and they are spreading among the poor.