Confucianism and Spiritual Traditions in Modern China and Beyond


Confucianism is reviving in China and spreading in America. The past and present interactions between the revived Confucianism and Daoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity will likely shape the cultural and political developments in Chinese societies of mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., and will have global implications in the globalizing world. In addition to the philosophical and theological articulations of Confucianism and other spiritual traditions, this volume includes empirical studies of and analytical reflections on the spiritual traditions in Chinese societies by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists. It is a collection of articles by the best minds in China and the West, and the top experts in multiple disciplines. Collectively, the volume provides an assessment of the present situation and points to the possibilities of future development of Confucianism and other spiritual traditions in modern China and beyond.

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Fenggang Yang (PhD in 1997, the Catholic University of America) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University in Indiana. His forthcoming book is Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communism (Oxford University Press).

Joseph B. Tamney (1933-2009) was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Ball State University. He received his Ph. D. from Cornell University in 1962. He published seventy-seven articles in scientific research journals and nine books on topics including religion, politics, and community.
"As these broad titles suggest, a large variety of different topics are in fact discussed in this rich volume, which also encompasses extremely different approaches to the study of Chinese religions (philosophy and theology, religious studies, history, and social sciences).”
Sébastien Billioud, Journal of Chinese Religions Vol. 41/1 (2013)
Introduction: Nationalism, Globalization, and Chinese Traditions in the Twenty-First Century Joseph B. Tamney† and Fenggang Yang
Part I: Confucian Revivalism in China and Beyond: Potentials and Realities
1. A Study of the Renaissance of Traditional Confucian Culture in Contemporary China Kang Xiaoguang
2. Confucian Spirituality in Contemporary China Tu Weiming
3. The Resilience of Confucianism in Chinese Societies Joseph B. Tamney †
4. From Beijing to Boston: The Future Contributions of the Globalization of New Confucianism John Berthrong
Part II: Confucianism and Religious Diversity: Past, Present and Future
5. The Daoist Encounter with Modernity: Some Issues in the History and Sociology of Daoism in the Modern Era David A. Palmer and Xun Liu
6. The Modern Significance of Some Basic Concepts in Chinese Buddhism Fang Litian
7. Indigenization of Imported Religions in China: The Case of Islam and the Hui People Jian Zhixiang and Ma Rong
8. Protestantism in Modern China as “Foreign Religion” and “Chinese Religion”: Autonomy, Independence, and the Constraints of Foreign Hegemony Daniel H. Bays
9. Confucianism, Christianity and Religious Freedom: Debates in the Transformation Period of Modern China (1900-1920s) Liu Yi
10. Spiritual Accomplishment of Confucianism and Spiritual Transcendence of Christianity Zhuo Xinping
Part III: The Social Realities of Ritual: From Exegetic to Analytic
11. Confucian Humaneness (Ren) Across Social Barriers Robert Cummings Neville
12. The Revival of Confucian Rites in Contemporary Mainland China and Taiwan Anna Sun
13. Religion, Ritual and the Public Good in China Robert P. Weller
Scholars, students, journalists, and religious professionals interested in Confucianism and other spiritual traditions in contemporary China.
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