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I thought Hong Xiuquan is a Cantonese School Master instead
He proclaim himself of the son of god (instead of brother
> According to Jonathan Spence's "God's Chinese Son", Hong Xiuquan was a
> deluded, "Christian" Hakka Scholar (failed) who was directly
> for the death and misery of millions of Hakkas. I am not at all sure he
> a "typical" Hakka like you and me. Hong Xiuquan mixed and matched
> Theology and the prevalent Chinese mediumistic beliefs. He truly believed
> that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. One of his henchman was
> able to be a medium for God, dictating rules and regulations for the
> gullible masses of Hakka. Of course the poor Hakka peasants were driven
> the poor socioecomic situation into this fold. At best, he could be only
> ifdentified as a Cult leader. Modern day equivalent would be people like
> David Koresh and Jim Jones. Anybody care to defend Hong?
I just like to comment on that.
Most modern-day Christians will agree with the above, that Hong is a
However, imagine if Taiping Tianguo has been successful and has existed
The majority of the Chinese in the world would have been Christians (or
rather, Hong's kind of Christians).
I'm sure that Hong would have been view at very differently.
Also, although many people died during that period. It also brought
the modernization of China and many other positive developments.
And without Hong, there may still be a chance that China is still under
Qing Dynasty today.