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Irreligion in China

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Irreligion in China

The Chinese government is officially atheist;[1] however, there are a wide variety of religious practices among the Chinese population.[2] The Chinese governments attitude to religion is one of skeptism.[3][4][5][6] According to a 2012

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  4. ^ "A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live".  
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  8. ^ "New 'atheist map' of the world dominated by China where half the country's population describes themselves as non-believers". London:  
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Irreligion has a long history in China dating back millennia. The Zhou Dynasty Classic of Poetry contains several catechistic poems in the Decade of Dang questioning the authority or existence of Shangdi. Later philosophers such as Xun Zi, Fan Zhen, Han Fei, Zhang Zai, Wang Tingxiang, Wang Fuzhi, Xiong Bolong, Wang Qingren also criticized the religious practices prevalent during their times. Confucianism as a state-instituted philosophy has flourished in China since the Han Dynasty, and the opportunities it offered was another fundamental origin of atheism in China.


[9] an individual must not have religious affiliation.Communist Party of China The Chinese state officially recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. In order to be a member of the [8]

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