Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power by Xuetong Yan

By Xuetong Yan

The increase of China may be the most vital political improvement of the twenty-first century. what's going to China seem like sooner or later? What should still it seem like? And what's going to China's upward thrust suggest for the remainder of international? This publication, written by way of China's so much influential international coverage philosopher, units out a imaginative and prescient for the arriving many years from China's aspect of view.

In the West, Yan Xuetong is frequently considered as a hawkish coverage consultant and enemy of liberal internationalists. yet a really diverse photo emerges from this publication, as Yan

examines the teachings of old chinese language political inspiration for the way forward for China and the advance of a "Beijing consensus" in diplomacy. Yan, it turns into transparent, is neither a communist who believes that fiscal may well is the major to nationwide strength, nor a neoconservative who believes that China should still depend upon army could to get its means. really, Yan argues, political management is the foremost to nationwide energy, and morality is a necessary a part of political management. fiscal and army may well are vital parts of nationwide strength, yet they're secondary to political leaders who act in keeping with ethical norms, and an identical holds precise in choosing the hierarchy of the worldwide order.

Providing new insights into the deliberating one in every of China's prime international coverage figures, this e-book can be crucial studying for someone attracted to China's upward push or in diplomacy.

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In China and Christianity, edited by Stephen Uhalley, Jr. and Xiaoxin Wu, 283–300. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe. CHAPTER TWO THE CROSS FACES THE LOUDSPEAKERS: A VILLAGE CHURCH PERSEVERES UNDER STATE POWER Jianbo Huang and Fenggang Yang On a sunny Sunday in winter 2002, hundreds of villagers congregated at a humble church well blended into the surrounding mudcolored houses. Atop the entrance gate stood a tall cross in bright red. Peaceful hymn singing flowed through the windows and filled the air. It was another ordinary Sunday in this remote village in the northwestern Province of Gansu.

Is nothing but the illusory reflection in men’s minds of those external forces which control their daily life, a reflection in which the terrestrial forces assume the form of supernatural forces” (1939: 353). Following this line but expanded to include elements from Durkheim and other scholars, Lü offered this definition: Religion is a kind of social consciousness, an illusory reflection in people’s minds of the external forces which control their daily life, a reflection in which terrestrial forces assume the form of superhuman and supernatural forces, and the consequent believing and worshipping behaviors toward such forces; it is the normalized socio-cultural system that synthesizes this consciousness and these behaviors.

In July 2004, several Western sociologists of religion taught a Summer Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion in Beijing. However, there are important obstacles for studying contemporary religion in China. One significant obstacle is the lack of a sophisticated methodology. Most religious research scholars in China today migrated from other disciplines of the humanities, especially philosophy, literature, and history. They commonly lack training in social scientific methodology. Meanwhile, few social scientists are interested in religious research; even if some are interested, they lack the necessary knowledge of religion to conduct religious research.

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