Religion in China: Back to the Center of Politics and Society
If we think of a large Asian country where religion is the center of daily and political life we might think of India or Indonesia. But China? Hardly. If we have associations of religion and China it might be historical: ancient classics like the Daodejing 道德经, great Buddhist art along the Silk Road, or the Nestorian stele of Xi’an.
As for contemporary Chinese religious life it’s probably linked in our mind to Communism, which we think of as atheistic and intolerant of religion. Thus we might think about persecution: Christians meeting in underground churches, the Dalai Lama in exile, or sects like Falun Gong being banned. This might be reinforced by governmental or non-governmental reports that paint a bleak picture of religious life in China.