The Historical Foundations of Religious Restrictions in Contemporary China

  title={The Historical Foundations of Religious Restrictions in Contemporary China},
  author={Yu Tao},
  • Y. Tao
  • Published 1 December 2017
  • Political Science
  • Religion
The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abolished its total ban on religious activities in 1982. However, the distrust that the CCP feels for religions remains obvious today, and the religious restrictions in contemporary China remain tight. Conventional wisdom tells us that the official atheist ideology of Marxism-Leninism is the main reason behind the CCP’s distrust for, and restriction of, religion. However, taking a historical institutionalist perspective, this paper argues that the… 

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