Back in the Center of Society


As a follow-up to a talk I gave this past spring, the Steyler Missionaries' China Zentrum in Sankt Augustin, Germany, asked me to write a piece on religion in China--a big question...

The result is this piece, which appeared last month in German here, and now appears here in English. In it, I argue that religion is back in the center of Chinese society after a hiatus during the tumult of the 20th century.

I was also honored to share the pages with Fredrik Fällmann, who writes a piece on women in the Protestant church, and Dominic Niu, who writes on Catholic inculturation--in other words, the very profound and current queston of how much one should accommodate Christianity (or any religion) to local practices.

As usual, the editing team, led by Katharina Wenzel-Teuber, was superb, saving me from many silly errors! Thanks also to the Magnum photographer, Sim Chi Yin, for permission to use photos, which break up the masses of grey text...

Category: Islam, Project China values and beliefs, Traditional Values, Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, Civil Society, Talks speeches lectures, Souls of China, 
Posted by: ian
Sep 11, 2018