Frank Dikötter

The Tenacity of Hope

God is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China


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Above the main entrance of Westminster Abbey, carved in French Richemont limestone, ten life-size sculptures of twentieth-century martyrs peer into the distance. Martin Luther King is shown with outstretched arms in a welcoming and protective gesture, an infant huddled at his feet; but how many visitors would recognise Wang Zhiming, a Protestant minister executed in 1973 during the Cultural Revolution?

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