Falun Gong: The End of Days
Maria Hsia Chang
Yale University Press, 2004
208 pp., 25.00
Reviewed by Joy Lo Cheung
China's Spiritual Hunger
More troubling is the author's humanistic approach to a spiritual problem: if only the political system becomes more democratic, then China would be on her way to salvation. Looking at history, there is not one political system (not even America's) that is free from corruption or able to eliminate its country's social ills. The problem lies in the sinful condition of the human heart. Heart renewal cannot be programmed into a system–each heart is changed from within, only by Jesus Christ.
Joy Lo Cheung is the editor of the Hong Kong Evangelical Community Church magazine, Tapestry, a quarterly publication (www.ecchk.org).
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