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Qing Dynasty Religion

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Foreign religions had a great impact during the Qing dynasty as they influenced a vast amount of regions in China. The religions inflicted internal conflicts within China, causing people to dislike the Qing government. However, when Sun Yat-sen established a republic in China, he resolved many of the conflicts that the Qing governments have developed between them and Chinese citizens.

The transition from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty created a heavy emphasis on the repression of Muslims in China. When the Qing Dynasty rose to power, they discriminated Muslims and prohibited critical Muslim rituals in China, resulting in conflicts between Muslims and the Qing government. During the Ming Dynasty, Muslims were very trusted and played
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A Man named Hong Xiuquan who failed to pass the imperial exam to join the Qing government's civil service, experienced visions relating to Jesus, while he was suffering from an illness. Hong Xiuquan created his own version of Christianity, and gained a mass amount of followers; “In January 1851 Hong and the rebels declared the creation of their own state, Taiping Tianguo (Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace), in the Guiping district of Guangxi” (Gale). The Taiping Tianguo was under the rule of Hong Xiuquan as he crowned himself king. In 1853 the Taiping Rebellion took over Nanjing and settled there, however the inability to reach Hong Xiuquan’s utopia in Nanjing caused him to lose focus and enjoy the pleasures of his palace instead of gaining more followers. Without Hong Xiuquan leading, the Taiping rebellion came to their end in the hands of Li Hongzhang and Zeng Guofan. In 1988, when the Boxer Rebellion was spread throughout china, foreigners and Chinese Christians were harassed because the Boxers desired to get rid of the nation of foreign influence. The rebellion itself brought a lot of hate upon Christianity specifically towards Chinese Christians. The Boxers were very extreme and their works ranged “From burning the homes and harassing the businesses of foreigners, they soon turned to massacring Chinese Christians and Christian missionaries” “In and around the capital of Peking (present-day Beijing), the Boxers killed Christian missionaries and destroyed churches and railroads, which were largely owned by foreign entities” (Gale). Once again, when Sun Yat-sen established the republic of china, he brought many foreign ideas into china, one being “the once unthinkable — that a Chinese leader would be a Christian — became a reality” (Christians in China). and that definitely helped the Chinese become more open-minded towards Christianity in China. “In 1949, Chinese
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