The revival of religious belief and practice in China over the past thirty years, after decades of severe repression, has attracted much attention by scholars. Social scientific studies of religion by mainland Chinese scholars has also increased in recent years, using theories and methods developed mainly outside China. Increasingly, mainland scholars are also debating whether theories and concepts developed in western societies are fully appropriate for the study of religion in Chinese societies. This volume presents a selection of papers by sociologists, anthropologists, and historians of religion on these themes. The chapters include rich field studies of particular religions and religious activities, along with theoretical and historical reflections by scholars inside and outside China on problems and opportunities in the revival of the social scientific study of religion in Chinese societies.
Social Scientific Studies of Religion in China
Yong Chen, El Colegio de Mexico
Confucianism as Religion tackles the perennially controversial question of whether Confucianism is a religion and proposes a holistic and contextual approach to the issue.
Peter Tze Ming Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Viewing Chinese Christianity from a globalization perspective, this volume describes the interplay of “universal” and “particular” aspects as well as the global and local forces which shaped the characteristics of Chinese Christianity.
Edited by Yang Fenggang and Joseph Tamney†
Confucianism is reviving in China and spreading in America. This multidisciplinary volume includes philosophical and theological articulations of Confucianism and other spiritual traditions for the modern and globalizing world, and empirical studies of and analytical reflections on Confucianism ...
Edited by Mineke Schipper, Ye Shuxian, and Yin Hubin
This book makes a provocative case for the comparative study of China’s oral and written myth traditions in different languages and cultures. It opens new doors to the study of Chinese mythologies, a surprising and so far almost unknown world outside China.
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