The Evolutionary Psychology of Chinese Religion

Kelly James Clark
March 8, 2012


It is widely claimed that the Chinese are not religious. Recent work in the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, however, suggests that religious beliefs are natural, normal, and nearly universal. These insights force a reconsideration of ancient Chinese texts in which we find that the Chinese are, from Kongzi to Zhuangzi, deeply religious.

Kelly James Clark is professor of philosophy, Calvin College, and program director of Values and Virtues in Contemporary China. He is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Story of Ethics and Return to Reason.