China in a Secular Age

Coping with the Legacy of a Religious State

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Is China truly a secular state? André Laliberté puts this widely held perception to the test, arguing that we must first broaden our definitions if we are to comprehend fully the religious nature of the Chinese state. From there, Laliberté presents the long tradition of Chinese statecraft, which has involved different forms of intermingling between religion and state, and describes how the Communist Party perpetuates this institutional intertwinement despite its materialist philosophy. He then explores the variety of forms in which societies with a Chinese heritage outside of the People’s Republic of China are moving beyond this mutual entanglement between religion and state.

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André Laliberté, Ph.D. (1999), University of British Columbia, is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has published on religion and politics in China and Taiwan, including The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan (Routledge, 2004).

China in a Secular Age
Coping with the Legacy of a Religious State
André Laliberté

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Keywords
 1 Multiple Approaches to Secularity in Chinese Societies
 2 Chinese Religions and Political Rulers before 1949
 3 The Chinese Communist Party and Religions
 4 Chinese Religions and Communities outside the PRC since 1949
 5 Concluding Remarks on Chinese Multiple Secularities
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