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Symposium on “Sinicization of Religion and Chinese Religion Research Methods” Held in Beijing

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2024-04-26 12:00

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On April 13, the symposium on “Sinicization of Religion and Chinese Religion Research Methods” was held at Peking University, focusing on the construction of the discipline of Marxist Religion and the theoretical system of Religion with Chinese Characteristics. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy of Peking University, the Institute of Religion and Culture of Peking University, and the subject group of “Basic Theoretical Construction of Religion Sinicization”,the major project of the National Social Science Foundation. More than 50 scholars from the Institute of World Religions of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Tsinghua University, Sichuan University, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and other universities and research institutes participated in this conference.

At the conference, experts and scholars such as Zhuo Xinping, member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and researcher of the Institute of World Religions of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Zheng Shiao-kwan, president of Chinese Society of Religion and director of the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, discussed in depth the ideas of disciplinary development and the field of research in Marxist religion from their respective perspectives. Zhang Zhigang, honorary director of the Institute of Religion and Culture at Peking University, delivered a keynote report“Reconstructing the Academic Discourse of Chinese Religious Studies”,focusing on how to adhere to the direction of Sinicization of Chinese religion.

The symposium featured the following topics: “The Sinicization of Religion and the Humanistic View of Religion”, “Marxism and the Construction of Religious Disciplines in China”, “Mutual Enlightenment of Civilizations and the Sinicization of Religion”, “The Connotation and Characteristics of Chinese Religions”, and “The Symbiosis of Multiple Religions”. The experts and scholars gave in-depth, detailed and solid discussions on the doctrinal logic, historical experience and practical paths of Chinese religion's persistence in Sinicization, and discussed the characteristics of Chinese religions that are different from those of Western religions from the perspective of combining the basic principles of Marxism and the excellent traditional culture of China, as well as how to build a Chinese independent knowledge system of religious studies.

Fu Youde, director of the Department of Religion at the School of Philosophy and Social Development of Shandong University, Hong Xiuping, professor of the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing University, Xu Yihua, distinguished professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, and Li Silong, professor of the Department of Philosophy at Peking University, and other experts at the conference reviewed at the history of the discipline from the beginning of its development in the 1960s to the fruitful results achieved in the 21st century, and looked forward to the construction plan of Marxist Religious Studies with Chinese Characteristics.

      Translated by Mengjiao Zhou


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