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Thirty Years Of Religious Studies In China

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In the modern study of religion, the disciplines of history and sociology are known to intersect at various points. This chapter shows that such intersections should become more commonplace, i.e. that the writing of historically-informed sociology and sociologically-aware history should be the norm rather than the exception. Critical historical studies are generally viewed as originating with the penning of the Declaration on the Forged Donation of Constantine by Lorenzo Valla. The development of critical methodologies within the field of history would, in subsequent decades, proceed at an ever-increasing rate, and in the 19th century, these same methodologies would make the considerable leap from secular to religious history as historians, particularly in Germany, began to apply critical methods to the study of the religious advancement of the West. The chapter also shows another area of historical endeavor such as globalization that has significant relevance for sociological research.

Keywords:Chinese religion; globalization; history; sociology



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