Rice Christian

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Rice Christian is a term used, usually pejoratively, to describe someone who has formally declared himself/herself a Christian for material benefits rather than for religious reasons.[1]

The term comes from Asian countries, such as China and Japan. Concerns have been expressed both by Christian missionaries and by those opposed to Christian missions that people in these situations are only nominally converting to Christianity in order to receive charity or material advancements.[2]

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  1. ^ "Rice Christians.". Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ Way of Life Baptist publication (2005-07-11). "Baptists Tired of Being Swindled by Rice Christians". ChristianAggression.org. Retrieved 2007-04-17.