The largest civil war of the 19th century did not occur in the United States, but in China, and it happened right around the same time. The Taiping Rebellion is listed as the 4th deadliest war of the Modern era on Wikipedia, with the death toll ranging somewhere between 20 and 30 million. The Rebellion was led by Hong Xiuquan, who after having been converted to Christianity by Baptist missionaries, declared himself the younger brother of Christ and established a Millennial Kingdom, which he led from 1851 until his death in 1864, when he apparently ingested “manna from heaven” that God had sent the besieged citizens of the capital city (which turned out to be a poisonous weed.) Interestingly enough, Xiuquan did not allow women to preach.
Knowing how we still feel the impacts of the Civil War in the United States today, it’s no wonder Chinese authorities may be a little nervous about Christianity in China.
I wasn’t aware of this war prosecuted under the banner of Christianity until recently, so thought I’d share with you all. File it under the strange but true category! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion