The Nation: God Squads

Even as the Chinese Ping Pong team is anticipating its trip to the U.S., a number of Christian missionary groups are mulling a return to China. The World Evangelism Foundation of Abilene, Texas, has suggested mobilizing 1,000 three-man missionary squads for the eventual evangelization of the mainland. Their credo: "Let us be ready to be first." Another evangelical group has blithely declared that the Chinese government will topple when Mao dies and that would-be saints who go marching in will be greeted by millions of Chinese eager for conversion.

There is something wistful about the anachronism that in a time...

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