Religion in Post-Mao China

  title={Religion in Post-Mao China},
  author={Merle Goldman},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={146 - 156}
  • Merle Goldman
  • Published 1 January 1986
  • Political Science
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Increased interest in religion in post-Mao China stems from disillusionment with Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and the destructiveness of the Cultural Revolution. Young people, in particular, are searching for a new belief system. Equally important, the Deng Xiaoping leadership is willing to tolerate religious practices and to rebuild religious institutions. Its seemingly benign policy does not stem from a greater appreciation of religion, but from the desire to exert tighter control over religion… 

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