From time to time I write about the Chinese government's repression of religion in various forms, including Christianity. Before the revolution in 1949 there were roughly four million Christians in China and through the second half of the 20th century they were persecuted. The numbers of Christian converts grew, nonetheless, and the estimate is that there are now 70 million believers. If the growth continues at current levels China could have the largest Christian population in the world, which makes the government nervous. Remember that we've just walked through the story of an empire which executed a possible revolutionary, although that unleashed rather than ended the change Christ's followers would bring in this world.
The latest move by the Chinese government is to ban online sales of bibles. According to a Toronto Star article:
The move aligns with a long-standing effort to limit the influence of Christianity in China. Among China’s major religions — which include Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and folk beliefs — Christianity is the only one whose major holy text cannot be sold through normal commercial channels. The Bible is printed in China but legally available only at church bookstores. The advent of online retailers created a loophole that made the Bible easily available. This was especially important in China given the growing dominance of online shopping.