Religious Experience in Contemporary China

Edited by Xinzhong Yao and Paul Badham

Edited by Xinzhong Yao and Paul Badham

Distributed for University of Wales Press

275 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2007
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708320358 Published April 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This fascinating and timely volume analyzes data from a four-year study of the religious experience in contemporary China—the results of which will radically transform the understanding of the role religion plays in twenty-first-century Chinese culture.
Focused on the Han Chinese, who make up more than ninety percent of mainland China’s population, Religious Experience in Contemporary China considers that groundbreaking research in an almost wholly new context: though the suppression of religion by communist authorities in the latter part of the twentieth century is well documented, much less is known about the underlying resurgence of religious life within the world’s most populous nation. Until recently, such research would not have been permitted, and the fascinating results presented here make Religious Experience in Contemporary China an essential addition to the increasing amounts of publications on China in the new age.
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables

Chapter 1:  Methodological and Sociological Issues of the Survey
Chapter 2:  Religious Experience in the Context of Contemporary China
Chapter 3:  Influence of Confucian Culture on Religious Belief and Experience
Chapter 4:  Christian Faith and its Effect on Religious Experience
Chapter 5:  Buddhism and the Religious Experience of Urban Residents
Chapter 6:  Folk Religion and Religious Experiences
Chapter 7:  Gender and Religious Experiences of Rural Residents
Chapter 8:  Religiosity of the Religious, the Non-religious and the Atheist
Chapter 9:  Reflections on Religion and Religious Experience in Britain and China

Appendix I:  Religious Experience among the Han Chinese Questionnaire
Appendix II: Assessing the Quality of Fieldwork
A Glossary of Chinese Characters
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