Shout Out Week 9: Michael Ogburn

This week’s shout out goes to a recent TIME article which examined the growth of Buddhism in China as directly related to the failings of both the communist party’s ‘effective’ control over the nation and the failings of capitalism in the country. Buddhism’s growth, according to the article, has had such a surge because the people are looking to something more than the empty promises of capitalism and the party and are, thus, putting more pressure on the party to loosen the restrictions on their ‘freedom of religion’. This is just as we have spoken about so many times in class, and this article again speaks to the fact that China is not truly an atheist nation, especially if such a great portion of its population does, in fact, believe in something other than nothing.

Source:Life in Purgatory: Buddhism Is Growing in China, But Remains in Legal Limbo


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