Onward, Christian Soldiers...
Read a blurb this weekend about there being more Christians in China than communists (sorry, no link available). If true, this is good news, since Christian nations more frequently espouse individual rights and freedoms and tend to advance morals that restrain the worst excesses of society (although I'd wish it would happen more frequently).
Of course, taking that statement at face value does, in fact, have it's downside: Mussolini's Italy, Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Germany were, of course Christian nations. However, these were nations in which the open practice of religious faith was often suppressed, brutally. Religion and conventional Christian morality never got to operate under those regimes.
So, if there are more Christians than Pinkos in China, what exactly does it mean?
Beats me, but, I am of the belief that there's something inherently forward-looking and hopeful about Christianity that causes it's adherants to work like sled dogs to improve their societies. The concepts of equal rights, brotherhood, charity and social justice all have their roots in the deep soil of Christianity.