In this chapter, the editors introduce the purpose of the volume: to examine how the dynamic growth of religion, coupled with dramatic social and economic change, is reshaping the place of religion in Chinese public life. Te editors give special attention to the broad themes of religion in civil society, religion as a force for social capital development and democratization, and the emerging tensions between religion and the state that have led to increasing calls for rule-of-law reform to foster religious freedom.


China civil society democratization religious growth rule of law state regulation 


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