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A Wall of Separation between Temple and State?
April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The Communist Party and Religion in Contemporary China
Presented by Jeff Kyong-McClain
In recent years, observers have noted an explosion of religious belief in China, rapidly increasing membership rolls of the legal religions (Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism), but also of many heterodox sects as well, In many ways, this explosion can be understood as a natural result of the Communist Party-directed “Reform and Opening Up” policies of the last four decades. Natural or not, however, the Party looks on with some trepidation, fearful of potential social instability and of their declining control over the people. This talk will explain the history of “Temple and State” relations in modern China, introduce the many ambiguities of the current situation, and speculate on some possible future scenarios.
Part of the Evenings with History series. Sponsored by the University History Institute. For more information contact the History Department at 501.569.3235 or email department chair Jess Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.