Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil Society

André Laliberté, David A. Palmer and Wu Keping

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil Society

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This chapter introduces readers to the different ways in which Chinese people, through their religious traditions, have understood philanthropy and have tried to achieve an idea of “the good” by giving and serving others. It discusses Chinese indigenous concepts of philanthropy and presents traditional practices and contemporary movements drawing inspiration from popular religion, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Finally, it considers the role religious philanthropy is playing in the emergence of a Chinese civil society.

Keywords: religion; philanthropy; charity; civil society

Chapter.  6278 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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