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Professor Timothy Barrett spoke about religion and politics in China. The talk highlighted the fact that, despite China's historical reputation as a secular state, religion has long had an impact on political affairs. Professor Barrett cited the Taiping Revolt and the reception of the Jesuits in China as examples of this. However, he stressed that it has always been religion that has served secular priorities, rather than the reverse, as was arguably the case in Christendom. As regards modern China, Professor Barrett suggested that a similar approach has been taken by the Party: those religions that are seen as potentially beneficial are encouraged, whilst those that threaten their authority have been suppressed. Patrick Swire WFM
Date Posted: 16 May 2014
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