Religious Experience in Contemporary China

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University of Wales Press, 2007 - Religion - 275 pages
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This fascinating and timely volume analyzes data from a four-year study of the religious experience in contemporary China—the results of which will radically transform the understanding of the role religion plays in twenty-first-century Chinese culture. Focused on the Han Chinese, who make up more than ninety percent of mainland China’s population, Religious Experience in Contemporary China considers that groundbreaking research in an almost wholly new context: though the suppression of religion by communist authorities in the latter part of the twentieth century is well documented, much less is known about the underlying resurgence of religious life within the world’s most populous nation. Until recently, such research would not have been permitted, and the fascinating results presented here make Religious Experience in Contemporary China an essential addition to the increasing amounts of publications on China in the new age.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Religious Experience in the Context
28
Influence of Confucian Culture on Religious
50
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About the author (2007)

Xinzhong Yao is professor of Chinese religions at the University of Wales, Lampeter and senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. Paul Badham is professor of theology and religious studies and the University of Wales, Lampeter and senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.

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