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Religious Belief and Civic Culture: Based on a Comparison Between Groups of Christianity and Buddhism in the Central Plains


WANG Ying

Lecturer, Sociology, Henan University of Economics & Law

 


 

The subject that this project focuses on is: In Chinese society, what is the function of religion in the construction of civic culture? Civic culture is the core factor of civil society. The related research has indicated that different religions have dissimilar functions in different countries or areas, promoting or hindering the formation of the civic culture. Both Buddhism and Christianity have had specific effects on China. This project will adopt the sociological method of field study, including case study and comparative study, to achieve the following objectives: (1) discuss the function of Buddhism and Christianity in Chinese society in the construction of civic culture, and the aspects in which they promote or hinder the formation of civility,social virtue, and legal consciousness; (2) discuss the similar or dissimilar roles that Buddhism and Christianity have played in the formation of civic culture; (3) discuss how the Chinese unique dual structure in urban and rural areas influences the function of religion in the formation of civic culture, and the effect of religious belief on the dual structure in urban and rural areas. In discussing the above questions, this project intends to verify and develop related theories to contribute to the research on religious belief and civil society in China.

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