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Religions 2017, 8(11), 244; doi:10.3390/rel8110244

Urban Residents’ Religious Beliefs and Influencing Factors on Christianity in Wuhan, China

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School of Public Management, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China
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Centre for Social Security Studies, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
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Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
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Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 27 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
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In this paper, we conducted an empirical analysis of the reasons for belief in Christianity in Wuhan, China. The data in this paper is from Chinese Urban Research Center for Ethnic and Religious Affairs Management, collected in 2015. We focus on the group characteristics of Christians in urban areas, and its influencing factors. It is found that the Christians in Wuhan are typically older, female, and less educated. Other patterns we have found include powerful influence by family members and friends, pragmatic reasons for following Christianity, family parties as a common way of religious assembly, and discretional admission and exit. Logistic regression is employed here to analyze the determinants of Christian belief. Gender, age, marital status, average annual income, education degree, and health conditions have significant effects on believing in Christianity. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban residence; religion; Christian; determinants; China urban residence; religion; Christian; determinants; China
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Han, J.; Meng, Y.; Xu, C.; Qin, S. Urban Residents’ Religious Beliefs and Influencing Factors on Christianity in Wuhan, China. Religions 2017, 8, 244.

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