Land of atheism?

Are Chinese really as atheistic as a recent Gallup poll suggests? I take a closer look.

In this piece for the New York Times, I look at an opinion poll that received a lot of traction globally for claiming that 61 percent of Chinese were "convinced atheists." The numbers startled me and I realized that the results probably had to do with the question, so I contacted Gallup--the rest you can read in the piece.

This follows a similar piece I did for the New York Review of Books last year on another problematic poll, by Pew.

Category: New York Times, Project China values and beliefs, Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, China folk religion, 
Posted by: ian
Jul 2, 2015