Secularism and Religion in China: The Problem of Transcendence

  • Donald E. MacInnis
Part of the Boston College Studies in Philosophy book series (MNPL, volume 9)


During the Cultural Revolution one could believe that China was the most secular country in the world, while at the same time a powerful “transcendent” spirit seemed to be sweeping the nation,particularly the youth, uniting them in commitment and self-sacrifice toward ultimate goals beyond their generation. Now the current session of the National People’s Congress has formalized a reversal of overall policy which appears to negate the human-centered, egalitarian goals of the Cultural Revolution, posing this question: Where is the transcendent dimension, the experience of being and reality beyond self and collective, in the socialism- plus-profit-incentive of the planned economy of the “four modernizations”?


Cultural Revolution Party Member Marxist Theory Transcendent Dimension Revolutionary Struggle 
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