Contemporary Religious Studies in China



Editor in Chief: Zhuo Xinping

Translated by Chi Shuai

ISBN: 978-1-84464-583-1

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-584-8

Hardback-536 Pages

April 2020


£90 €110 $150





It is a spectacular history since the founding of the PRC. When looking back to the history, we realize the huge accomplishment of the contemporary China, and the remarkable spirit of Chinese people. Just as that in other branches, the achievements  of contemporary Chinese academic development are fully manifested in the research and results of contemporary Chinese religious studies. Therefore, there is special academic value and practical significance for the development and the future of our religious studies to reexamine this period of history and explore how contemporary Chinese scholars think about it.
During the academic development of contemporary China, religious studies become one of the most developed and popular as well as controversial subjects. This is because religious studies have been situated in a complex background, and it is difficult to have a well-situated position with broad spectrums and sensitive questions. Hence, religious studies belong to the subjects that are growing. The understanding of its connotation and extension is still on the way. The full development of religious studies as a discipline will represent the real leap of Chinese religious studies.


Preface Zhuo Xinping

Chapter 1 Studies on Marxist View of Religion in the Past 60 Years  Gong Xuezeng  
1.1    Concise Review of the course of the 60 Years 
1.2   Several Essential Questions of Studies on Marxist View of Religion
Chapter 2    Basic Theoretical Debates of Religious Studies Jin Ze
2.1 The Establishment of World Religions Institute: The Strategic
Incidence of the Theoretical Development of Chinese Religious Studies
2.2 The Transition from the Religious Positioning ofldeology to That of Culture  
2.3 The Development of Religious Studies with Chinese Characteristics
Chapter 3   Studies on Religious Philosophy Zhang Zhigang
3.1    Illustrations of Chinese Scholars' Research Achievements of Religious Philosophy
3.2    "The Chinese Significance" of Studies on Religious Philosophy of Meditation   
3.3    On the Reinforcement of Studies on Marxist Religious View 
3.4    On the Criticism and Absorption of lnternational Advanced
Academic Achievements 
3.5     On the Development ofldeas of Chinese Traditional Culture 
Chapter 4  Contemporary Religious Studies Luo Weihong
4.1    The Outline of Contemporary Religious Studies 
4.2    The Reevaluation of Marxist Religious Theories
4.3    The Study on the Religious Development since Reform and Opening Up  
4.4    The Question of Coordinating Religion with Socialism  
4.5    New Religious Studies 
Chapter 5 Religion and Contemporary International Relation: Its Trend and Studies   Xu Yihua   
5.1    The Role Religion Plays in Contemporary International Politics and Relations  
5.2    The Trends of Religious Politicization and Political Religionization 
5.3     Chinese Studies on Religion and Contemporary International Relations
Chapter 6    The Study on the Cultural Background and Historical Influence of Ancient Christianity  
Wang Xiaochao
6.1      The Research Field That Has Made Substantial Accomplishments
6.2    The Research Fields That Are Under Expansion and Development  
Chapter 7    Studies on the Developments of Christianity Zhuo Xinping
7.1   Christian Historical Studies
7.2    Studies on Christian Thoughts 
7.3    Literature Studies on Christian Classics such as the Holy Bible 
7.4    Chinese Christian studies 
Chapter 8    Islamic Studies Li  Lin 
8.1    Introduction  
8.2    The Four Periods of the Academic History of Chinese Islam
8.3    The Three Paths of Contemporary Islamic Studies 
8.4    Questions and Outlooks
Chapter 9    Buddhist Studies  Wei Daoru
9.1  The Review of Buddhist Studies of the First Half of the 20th Century 
9.2    The Outline of the 60 Years' Buddhist Studies
9.3    The Main Achievements of Buddhist Studies  
Chapter 10    Daoist Studies Li Gang 
10.1    Historical Review ofDaoist Studies  
10.2    The Developing Daoist Studies  
Chapter 11   Chinese Folk Religious Studies
Ma Xisha and Li Zhihong  
11.1    The Main Achievements of Chinese Folk Religious Studies since the Founding of PRC
11.2    The Vital Questions of Chinese Folk Religious Studies

Chapter 12 Confucian Studies  Wang  Zhiyue
12.1     Introduction
12.2  The Proposal of Confucianism as a Religion and the Produced Conflicts
12.3    The Extension of Confucian Studies  
12.4    The New Development of Confucian Studies
12.5   Conclusion 
Chapter 13   Shamanist Studies Guo Shuyun 
13.1     The Process of Chinese Shamanist Studies
13.2    The Main Achievements of Chinese Shamanist Studies since the Reform era 
13.3    Reflections and Outlooks
Chapter 14    The Studies on Jewish Religion and Philosophy Fu Youde and Liu Jingzhong 
14.1    History and Review
14.2    Jewish Studies
14.3   Jewish  Philosophical  Studies  
14.4  Questions and Outlooks 
Chapter 15    Chinese Jewish Studies Zhang Qianhong and Gao Yang
15.1    The Studies on Jewish Doctrines and Denominations
15.2     Judaism and Other Religions  
15.3    The Influence of Judaism on Jewish People  
15.4    Judaism in China

About Author:

Zhuo Xinping, Researcher and former director of the Institute of World Religion of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He graduated from the department of philosophy of Ludwing Maximilian Muenchen Universitaet as a PhD. He is also the chairman of the Religious Society of China, executive director of the China United Front Theory Research Association, and director of the China International Culture Exchange Centre. His academic specialties are religious studies and philosophy of religion.



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