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Inside The Church of Almighty God: The Most Persecuted Religious Movement in China

Massimo Introvigne


Branded “the new Falun Gong” by local authorities, The Church of Almighty God is today the most persecuted religious movement in China. Thousands of police officers are deployed full time to identify and arrest its members. Hundreds of thousands are in jail. Yet the movement continues to grow. Authorities (perhaps exaggerating) claim it has some four million members. They also accuse it of serious crimes. This book is based on interviews with hundreds of members of the once secretive movement, as well as Chinese police officers hunting it. It presents the movement’s origins and history and its ... More

Keywords: The Church of Almighty God, Zhao Weishan, religion, new religious movements, Christianity in China, xie jiao, cults, religious persecution, Office 610

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190089092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190089092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Massimo Introvigne, author
Managing Director, Center for Studies on New Religions