Monday, November 15, 2010

80 million (legal) Bibles printed in China

The 80 millionth copy of the Bible authorized by the government goes to print today, but importing religious books without central authorities permission is still illegal. Christian groups say that the demand exceed the supply.The only company authorized to print Bibles in China is marking a milestone: the release today of copy number "80 million" from their printing presses, announced by the official government press agency. Amity Printing Co.  claims to have printed one million copies a month. Since its founding in 1988, the company has grown to become one of the largest printers of Bibles in the world. "The production of 80 million copies of the Bible can be attributed to the world of Chinese Christians, and even more to the country's reform and its policy of increased openness," says the president of Amity.
Religious freedom groups say there are more than 100 million Christian believers in China, including those of "private churches". Christians who belong to unofficial churches and those living in rural areas are struggling to get a bible. Moreover, despite the rapid pace of production, many Christians still do not have a copy because of the shortage in supply, or restrictions on distribution.

1 comment:

  1. Feeling a bit out-of-touch when I realize that there are Christians all over the world who don't even have access to The Holy Bible. That is so sad ... this made me thankful that I have several, including my Granny's, who passed away in 2003, and my Aunt who passed away in the early 90's. You can tell by looking at them that they were VERY USED! Granny's even had shipping tape on the binding to keep it together.

    Precious Word of God, how I love Thee!