This paper analyzes the wider effects of church demolitions and cross removals in Zhejiang on another location within the Huadong region. Based on fieldwork conducted in 2014 and 2015, this paper argues that the demolition of churches and church crosses is a potential catalyst for millenarian beliefs within popular Christianity. Much of the research on millenarianism has focused on specific movements. However, this paper utilizes the concept of millenarianism as a “body of underground ideas and thought which circulates in a community” and argues that the Zhejiang events have heightened millenarian beliefs within the Huanghaicheng Protestant community and resulted in an interpretation of these events as indicating that the “Last Days” are imminent. This perception has been facilitated by other “signs.” This paper furthers our understanding of the potential impact that political campaigns can have on popular Christianity and what resources individual believers draw on for making sense of them.本文分析了浙江拆教堂以及十字架对华东地区另外一个区域的广泛影响。基于2014年至2015年间的田野调查，本文认为拆教堂和十字架是激发草根基督教内部关于千禧年信仰的一个潜在催化剂。大部分关于千禧年主义的研究重在关注特定的运动。然而，本文所使用千禧年主义的概念意为“在一个社群中传播的一系列地下的观念和想法”；并且论述浙江拆十字架事件已经加强了黄海城(匿名)基督新教团体内的千禧年信仰以及带进一种把这些事件理解为“末日”即将临近的解释。这样的观念也被一些其他的“征兆”所加强。本文进一步扩展我们对政治运动给予草根基督教的潜在影响，以及信徒使用何种资源来理解这些运动的认识。
Review of Religion and Chinese Society – Brill
Published: May 12, 2018
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