Will Christianity Dominate the Chinese Faith System? On the Comparison between China’s Belief System and Christian Belief


This article attempts to explore the issue of faith in China including the main deep reasons why Christianity as both a dominant faith and religion fail to have the fate as same as it is in typical western countries, whether there is faith in China and what kinds of faiths Chinese people believe in. Basically, it is well-known that one of the prominent features of Chinese culture seems to be the full compatibility encompassing the diversities, and therefore religions and faiths in different kinds such as Buddhism, Islamism and Christianity are spread broadly and integrated fully into Chinese culture. However, it is inappropriate to consider one of those religions as China’s typical faith and inaccurate to recognize there is no faith in China because the characteristics of Chinese faith system is rather complicated and the Chinese faith system possesses its own way of being. Above this point of view, this article addresses that there is indeed a loose but complicated pattern of faith system in China which usually embraces various religions, philosophy, ethic and even superstitions, and because of the clash of two distinctive types of civilization, the conflict of two different political culture and ethic philosophy, the Christianity seems hard to domain the whole faith system in China. For this article, the author applies documentation and do some field researches on Christianity in America.

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Shu Qi, China University of Political Science and Law, China

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Conference: ECERP2015
Stream: Religion - Comparative Religion

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