- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Orbis Books (August 30, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780883448755
- ISBN-13: 978-0883448755
- ASIN: 0883448750
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chinese Religions Paperback – August 30, 1993
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Ching discusses the uniqueness of the Chinese religion, in that it is a conglomeration of many different religious and philosophical influences, and she illustrates how these many influences have come to form a synchronistic relationship between many schools of thought.
If I could make two suggestions to Julia Ching, they would be to add a chapter on the rise of Falun Gong in China, and the subsequent oppression by the Communist Party. Secondly, add some excerpts from the religious texts she cites in her work. I'm sure this would add clarity.
Part 1 is about these indigenous traditions -- about archaic religions and about "Confucianism" and "Taoism," the traditions that differentiated in the Warring States period (475-221) and consolidated in the Han Dynasty (206-220 AD). These traditions rationalized the archaic state and ancestral allegiance to the state in a central conviction of "human perfectibility."
Part 2 is about Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and minor invasions, all of which confronted the doctrine of human perfectibility with with variations on defining perfectibility as (1) for the person or (2) for the state. Any opposition to the centrality of the state in these traditions was fated to lose out because the doctrine of perfectibility must fit state ideology.
Part 3 is about the future of religion in China. She is no more predictive than is any other writer. Two scenarios for the future make up Part III.Read more ›
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Ching's survey takes in the whole picture without bias. Where many writers focus on the formally organized or state-backed forms of religion, Ching includes respectful treatment of... Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Brian Griffith
Julia Ching has written an excellent and wide ranging overview of Chinese religions in the appropriately titled "Chinese Religions. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Eric Maroney