Religions of China

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  • Since the dawn of recorded history, China has offered a fertile spiritual climate for a wide range of religions and belief systems, producing Confucianism and Taoism while nurturing ancestor worship, Mahayana Buddhism, and, in a smaller proportion, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In this program, Hans Kung seeks to understand the religions of China-officially a religion-free zone during China's period of strict Communist rule-as well as the holistically oriented practices of traditional Chinese medicine and tai chi.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 04, 2014.
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  • Religious Rituals (3:42) -- Singapore's Religious Harmony (2:18) -- China's Landscape and Diversity (3:37) -- Fortune Tellers and Worldview (4:29) -- Temple on Mount Tai (3:42) -- Sages and Confucianism (3:45) -- Philosophy of Confucius (3:45) -- Humanity of Confucianism (4:01) -- Acupuncture and Taoism's Beginnings (5:08) -- Practice of Taoism (3:41) -- Buddhism (2:44) -- Christianity (2:32) -- Communism and Christianity (2:46) -- China's Humanist Tradition (3:28)
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