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China's Catholics : Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society

Madsen, Richard [1941- ]

Published by Univ. of California Press (1998), Berkeley, 1998
Condition: Minor rubbing. VG. Hardcover
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orig.cloth Minor rubbing. VG. Textual photo illustrations. 23x15cm, xiii,183 pp, Series: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society, 12. Contents: Introduction: The Context of Chinese Catholicism; Hierarchy & History: The Problem of Authority in the Chinese Catholic Church; Community & Solidarity; Morality & Spirituality; Urban Catholicism & Civil Society; The Catholic Church & Civil Society. ["After suffering isolation and persecution during the Maoist era, the Catholic Church in China has reemerged with astonishing vitality in recent years. Richard Madsen focuses on this revival and relates it to the larger issue of the changing structure of Chinese society, particularly to its implications for the development of a "civil society." Madsen knows China well and has spent extensive time there interviewing Chinese Catholics both young and old, the "true believers" and the less devout. Their stories reveal the tensions that have arisen even as political control over everyday life in China has loosened. Of particular interest are the rural-urban split in the church, the question of church authority, and the divisions between public and underground practices of church followers. All kinds of religious groups have revived and flourished in the post-Mao era. Protestants, Buddhists, Daoists, practitioners of folk religions, even intellectuals seeking more secularized answers to "ultimate" concerns are engaged in spiritual quests. Madsen is interested in determining if such quests contain the resources for constructing a more humane political order in China. Will religion contribute to or impede economic modernization? .,." -Publisher's description]. Bookseller Inventory # 012763

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Title: China's Catholics : Tragedy and Hope in an ...

Publisher: Univ. of California Press (1998), Berkeley

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Minor rubbing. VG.

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