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Religions 2019, 10(1), 56;

China: Some Exceptions of Secularization Thesis

Management School, North Sichuan Medical University, Nanchong 637100, China
Religious Studies Program, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA
Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 4 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 16 January 2019
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The aim of this article is to present the controversial features of the secularization thesis about Chinese religions performed via analyzing the newly published Chinese religious policy named The Several Opinions on Further Governance of Commercial Problems in Buddhism and Taoism. This article proposes a complex hypothesis: (1) though the public influence of religion has acquired momentum of expansion in China, the growth and expansion of Chinese religions accompanied the decline of private religiosity; (2) Chinese religions possess controversial features of secularization: though they experience the reduction of their power, range of control, and prestige, meanwhile they embrace the increase in numbers of members, intensity, frequency, and importance of public life; (3) Nonreligious factors play an important role in promoting the growth of Chinese religions temporarily, while religious factors will be responsible for resurgence of Chinese religions chronically. This paper is the first in a series to apply the secularization thesis to Chinese religions. View Full-Text
Keywords: secularization; controversial features of secularization; Buddhism/Taoism; commercial problems of governance; China secularization; controversial features of secularization; Buddhism/Taoism; commercial problems of governance; China
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