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Author: Fenggang Yang
The speed and the scale with which traditional religions in China have been revived and new spiritual movements have emerged in recent decades make it difficult for scholars to stay up-to-date on the religious transformations within Chinese society.

This unique atlas presents a bird’s-eye view of the religious landscape in China today. In more than 150 full-color maps and six different case studies, it maps the officially registered venues of China’s major religions - Buddhism, Christianity (Protestant and Catholic), Daoism, and Islam - at the national, provincial, and county levels. The atlas also outlines the contours of Confucianism, folk religion, and the Mao cult. Further, it describes the main organizations, beliefs, and rituals of China’s main religions, as well as the social and demographic characteristics of their respective believers. Putting multiple religions side by side in their contexts, this atlas deploys the latest qualitative, quantitative and spatial data acquired from censuses, surveys, and fieldwork to offer a definitive overview of religion in contemporary China.

An essential resource for all scholars and students of religion and society in China.
In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Author: Fenggang Yang


In this combined interview, Rodney Stark and Roger Finke share their thoughts on the development of the religious market theory, religious change in the United States, and Christian growth in China. The interview with Rodney Stark was conducted by telephone in late December 2020 and the interview with Roger Finke by email in early January 2021.

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Author: Fenggang Yang

In 2013, the Zhejiang government initiated a campaign to demolish church crosses (DCC) throughout the province in the name of landscape improvement. In April 2016, the campaign was abruptly and quietly halted. The termination of the campaign was primarily due to unremitting resistance by Christians in Zhejiang. This article provides a temporal and spatial analysis of the DCC campaign that reveals multiple failures on the part of the Zhejiang authorities, including missing several self-imposed deadlines to remove all church crosses in the province, inconsistently implementing the campaign in various regions, and causing the breakdown of the bridging mechanism between Christian churches and the party-state. The failure of the DCC campaign is an important empirical case for studies of religion and Chinese society. It indicates that the church-state equilibrium in China may be approaching a tipping point.

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
In: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
In: State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies
Author: Fenggang Yang


This chapter traces the etymological evolvement of the word zhongguo hua in the People’s Republic of China in recent decades, including how the term was first used as a Marxist adaptation to the Chinese contexts, its scholarly usage in Buddhist studies from the 1980s to the 2000s, its politically motivated application to Christian studies in the 2010s, and its eventual adoption as a catchall marker of the distinct religious policy under Xi Jinping reign. Chinese Christian resistance to Christian zhongguo hua is not against cultural Sinicization, which has been happening among Chinese Christians around the world under the terms of indigenization, localization, or contextualization, but against political domestication or Chinafication.

In: The Sinicization of Chinese Religions: From Above and Below
Editor: Fenggang Yang
Review of Religion and Chinese Society is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and book reviews in social science and certain humanities disciplines. “Religion” is understood in the broadest sense, including various spiritualities and meaning-making systems of beliefs and practices. “Chinese society” includes those in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese diasporic communities in Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere throughout the world.

Review of Religion and Chinese Society is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary in outlook and presents theoretical and empirical studies of religion in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and history. It welcomes studies that compare religion in Chinese and some other societies. Preference is given to articles that are theoretically-driven empirical studies, although articles that are primarily either empirical or theoretical are also welcomed. The journal also publishes review essays of particular fields, symposia of particular topics, interviews with renowned scholars, and reports of academic conferences relevant to the themes of this journal. All articles are in English, and Chinese titles and abstracts are provided as well.The journal will publish reviews of books that have been published in English, Chinese, and other languages. Proposals for special issues are welcomed.
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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.