Christianity popular in ancient China?

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A latest research on a tombstone dating back to ninth century has shed light on the probability of Christianity having been popular among the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty.

The incomplete damaged eight-surface tombstone with scriptures of the Jingjiao or Nestorian Church and pictures of crosses were unearthed in Luoyang City in central Henan province in 2006, Luo Zhao, a religious teacher from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said.

"To be exact, the Christian text was a China-proper ontological thesis about the Christian theology written by a prelate who had been long living in China in the late eighth century," said Luo.

Tombstones with Buddhist texts were common in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) but it was for the first time that tombstones with Jingjiao scriptures were discovered, he said.

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