Religion in China

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China’s New Civil Religion

A Challenge and Opportunity for Engagement: Public Lecture

China is…in the midst of a religious boom, which the government is trying to use to further its grip on power… But can authoritarianism and religious life coexist?

Resource Corner

A Reader’s Guide to Laws and Regulations of the New Era

References for your further reading that cover national level changes in China in regulations and administrative measures pertaining directly to religion.

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Talking about Souls of China

January Book Club

Do you love to read? Do you love to read books about China? Do you love to discuss books about China? If yes, then this is for you.

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Will History Repeat Itself?

Whether a century ago or today, whatever our China stories may purport to tell us about being apolitical, of “leaving our politics at the door” or “staying out of politics,” one of the hard lessons of history is that foreign Christian involvement in China is unavoidably political.

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The Tricolor Religious Market and the Growth of Christianity

The Great Awakening in China (3)

A sociological approach to the religious landscape in China is helpful in understanding the growth of Christianity in recent years.

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Spiritual Awakenings and Reawakenings

The Great Awakening in China (2)

During the 1980s, more and more people in China turned to religion. The turn toward religion included young and old, rural and urban, people who were nearly illiterate and university professors. While many came to Christianity, others returned to Confucianism, Islam, and Buddhism.

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The Changing Religious Landscape in Modernizing China

The Great Awakening in China (1)

In 1979, churches, temples and mosques began to be restored and reopened for religious activities. That was the beginning of the economic reform era, and it was also the beginning of the Chinese Great Awakening.

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An Invitation from a Friend

A special invitation for ChinaSource readers.

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Mao’s Black Box: Resilience and Religious Revival in Wenzhou

A Book Review

"It is curious, however, that to this day the Mao years remain the least studied period in the history of religion in modern China." This book helps fill that gap.

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Visualizing the Complexity

An Infographic

"Like everything else about China, the landscape of religious life is quite complicated."