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The Price of China's Economic DevelopmentPower, Capital, and the Poverty of Rights$
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Zhaohui Hong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813161150

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813161150.001.0001

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Protestant House Churches

Protestant House Churches

From Legal Exclusion to Religious Repression

(p.159) 7 Protestant House Churches
The Price of China's Economic Development

Zhaohui Hong

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 7 pays particular attention to the poverty of rights of the Protestant house churches in their quest for religious freedom since 1999. The Protestant house churches can be defined as those without official registration and government approval. This chapter provides a comprehensive analysis of the characteristics of the poverty of rights endured by several tens of millions of house church members. They include the government’s placement of the house churches into a position of illegitimacy, restriction of their ability to build churches and their opportunities to worship, and deprivation of their rights to religious gatherings, in addition to the lack of protection of their private property. The chapter also discusses the multitude of reasons for the house churches’ poverty of rights before addressing several options for them to seek and protect their religious freedom.

Keywords:   Protestant house church, religious freedom, religious NGO, religious regulations, religious persecution

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