The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

The historical roots and character of Secularism in China

Prasenjit Duara

‘… unlike the West, which had to deal with a powerful Church for centuries, the Chinese had begun with a secular outlook that ensured that no Church could be established to challenge political authority.’ (Quote from ‘Secular China’ in Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and works of Wang Gengwu. Benton, Gregor and Hong Liu. 2004. Routledge. p.126.)

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