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The spiritual sea of change taking place in China will not be without its challenges—some more complex than others.

While China is officially an atheist country, it is undergoing one of the most dramatic religious overhauls in modern memory. In 1949, the country was home to an estimated 1 million Christians. In 2010, that number was more like 58 million. And some studies are saying that by 2030, China could be home 247 million Christians—the most of any nation in the world. Read More

This year, for the first time since 2002, Hollywood’s box office revenues for July failed to hit the billion dollar mark. June managed to make just over $1 billion, but totals were still down 16 percent from 2013.

The fourth Transformers movie was supposed to save Hollywood’s summer in America, but it only pulled in about $245 million—easily the lowest in the franchise’s clattering, baffling history. Read More

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were subjected to tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and pepper spray, after police in Hong Kong attempted to disperse massive protests and sit-ins across the region this weekend. The crackdown has led for calls for Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying to resign as democratic movement spokespeople demand free elections. In a state-run newspaper, Chinese officials called the protests a threat to “social order,” and experts believe they may have even threatened to send in the Chinese army.

The Occupy Central movement and student groups organized the sit-ins that began on Friday, and have drawn massive crowds who are demanding democratic reforms. Though the region is a part of China, it operates semi-independently. However, despite being promised free-elections by 2017, China is only allowing candidates who they’ve individually approved of. The Democratic Party chairwoman told Time, “The people have spoken, and we will work with them to try to secure democracy … Not a single window has been broken. I challenge you to go around the world and to find such huge demonstrations where there is no looting, there is no rioting” ... Discuss

A senior religious affairs official in China recently revealed in a state-backed newspaper that the government may soon establish a “Chinese Christian theology” that will conform to “China's national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.” Christianity, particularly Protestantism, is growing rapidly throughout the country, and in some cases, has caused tension between the government and churches. The government only allows Christians to worship together in approved churches, though “underground” house churches are pervasive in China. So far no details about what the new “theology”—which will be created by a government that is officially atheist—would look like ... Discuss

A massive earthquake has killed at least 398 people in China’s Yunnan province. As many as 1,800 others were also injured. Witnesses told ABC News that half of the homes in the impoverished area were destroyed when the 6.5-magnitude earthquake and a series of powerful aftershocks struck late Sunday. The Red Cross Society of China is currently assisting with relief efforts, giving blankets and clothing to families who have been left homeless by the tragedy ... Discuss

Yesterday, Bill Gates tweeted a stat from the book Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, from historian Vaclav Smil that shows just how staggeringly fast China has grown: In a period of just three years, China used more concrete than the U.S. did in an entire century. From 1901-2000, despite building nationwide interstates, massive skyscrapers and infrastructure across the country, America used less concrete than China did in a single, three-year boom. Though Gates praises technology’s ability to create the modern lifestyle, China’s unprecedented quick growth has led to some experts pointing to environmental and safety concerns ... Discuss