Christianity and Economic Success?

20120522

A scholar suggests that the China government credits Christianity for the economic success of Western nations:

God, China, & Capitalism: Is Christianity in China the Key Ingredient for Economic Success? [MP3]

Scholar: China Notices Link Between Christianity, U.S. Economic Success [online article]

Discussion Questions

1) What do you think about the claim that Christianity is responsible for the economic success of Western nations? How could it be evidenced?

2) Was the original intent of the founders / leaders of Western nations economic success?

3) If the original intent of the founders / leaders of Western nations was not economic success, what could be the hidden dangers of approaching Christianity as a tool for economic success?

4) Why would the Chinese government fear that Christianity could be an ingredient for economic success, but may also be the ingredient to overthrow the government itself? Is Christianity inherently anti-government? Explain.

Thank you,

Joshua