The Communist Party’s clashes with religion


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The People's Republic of China is officially an atheist country – yet gods and immortals still hold great influence over people’s lives. There are hundreds of millions of followers of the main religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam – as well as Falun Gong, the largest of several banned new religious movements.
Those groups don’t have much in common theologically but each offers an alternative perspective on life to the ideology of the ruling Communist Party. This often creates political tension. Stephen Chan, Professor of World Politics at SOAS looks at the changing perceptions of religion in China with podcast host Duncan Bartlett.
China In Context: Episode 29
Broadcast date: 24 August, 2021

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