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China Says Aims to Banish Superstition, Promote Knowledge
Reuters ^ | 4/20/13 | Ben Blanchard

Posted on 04/21/2013 1:09:52 PM PDT by marshmallow

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation's economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world.

While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times, a newspaper published by the Central Party School which trains rising officials.

"For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge," he said, in rare public comments on the government's religious policy.

"But we must realize that this is a long process and we need to be patient and work hard to achieve it," Wang added in the latest issue of the Study Times, which reached subscribers on Sunday.

"Religion has been around for a very long time, and if we rush to try to push for results and want to immediately 'liberate' people from the influence of religion, then it will have the opposite effect and push people in the opposite direction."

About half of China's religious followers are Christians or Muslims, with the other half Buddhists or Daoists, he said, admitting the real total number of believers was probably much higher than the official estimate of 100 million.

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1 posted on 04/21/2013 1:09:52 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
...he said, admitting the real total number of believers was probably much higher than the official estimate of 100 million.

Yeah, the threat of being shot or getting a beat down with rifle butts probably has an inhibiting effect on your polling. Just guessing.

2 posted on 04/21/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: marshmallow
"Religion has been around for a very long time, and if we rush to try to push for results and want to immediately 'liberate' people from the influence of religion, then it will have the opposite effect and push people in the opposite direction."

Funny how they are so much more polite about it than Obama's thugs.

3 posted on 04/21/2013 1:19:45 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: marshmallow
I thought they'd tried that before:


4 posted on 04/21/2013 1:30:04 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: marshmallow

The state can never convince the people to kill all the other unwanted/unneeded/undesired/too costly/too old/too ideologically opposed people and even themselves, if the people believe there is a higher power than the state and that the higher power has laws against the killing of those people. Nor, can the state be worshiped, when the state is not to be believed to be a god. Nor, can people make themselves a god, when they believe in True God.


5 posted on 04/21/2013 1:42:26 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: marshmallow
China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death

They shouldn't have broadcast their intentions. It brings bad luck.

6 posted on 04/21/2013 1:44:39 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: marshmallow

I am pretty sure there are far more than 100 million religious people in China.


7 posted on 04/21/2013 1:53:40 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: marshmallow

I guess we won’t be seeing fortune cookies much longer.


8 posted on 04/21/2013 2:01:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Amnesty Bill - 800 pages filled with 400 waivers and exemptions for illegal aliens.)
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To: marshmallow

Persecution.org estimates over 200 million Christians in China without Bibles...


9 posted on 04/21/2013 2:21:31 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: marshmallow

Could get interesting. Russia’s supporting Christianity and China’s doubling down on atheism.


10 posted on 04/21/2013 3:22:19 PM PDT by informavoracious (The ancient Greeks and Romans thought they were on the "right side of history.")
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To: informavoracious

What they are worried about is that the people are feeling the effects of being treated as machines.


11 posted on 04/21/2013 8:29:55 PM PDT by RobbyS
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