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On The Problem Of Developing A Mechanism For The Participation Of Religion In The Social Services Sector

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As has been widely noted, China's rapid economic development has contributed significantly to the problems of pollution and environmental degradation. The growing public support of religious leaders for environmental issues has been a motivating factor in the increased interest of scholars of religion in the ecological relevance of and environmental themes within religions. We may assume that religious leaders and scholars are tuned in to the debates and intellectual currents of their times (to the extent that their positions and capacities allow) and will, for various reasons, contribute their own voices to the public dialogue. The potential impact of religious ideologies on environmentalism within Chinese societies depends, of course, on the level of religiosity in these societies. However, survey results indicate that only a small percentage of the Chinese population profess affiliation with one of the world religions.

Keywords:Chinese societies; environmentalism; pollution; religious ideologies

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