The second Summer Institute for the Social Scientific Study of Religion was held on July 11-23, 2005 at Renmin University of China, Beijing. More than 70 faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate students from over 20 provinces participated in it, and more than 40 people received certificates for fully participating in all the lectures and completing fieldwork practices.
The major lecturers were Roger Finke of Pennsylvania State University (first week) and Gordon Melton of the Institute for the Study of American Religion (second week).
In addition, the following scholars gave lectures at the Institute. Professor Joseph Tamney of Ball State University, Professor Patricia Wittberg of the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Professor Peter Ng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Zhuo Xinping, Director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute for the Study of World Religions (CASS ISWR), Professor Gao Shining of CASS ISWR, Professor Gong Zhebing of Wuhan University, Professors He Guanghu and Fang Litian of Renmin University and Professor Fenggang Yang of Purdue University.