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14 Building a Harmonious Society and New Ideas of Religious Work (构建 和谐社会与宗教工作新理念)

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Building a socialist harmonious society demands something new from religious work; meanwhile, it creates a new realm for religious work. In the course of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, the most important and most immediate reason why the CCP, the ruling party of present-day China, pays such great attention to the question of religion is the fact that religion does influence a huge number of the masses. The focus of the Marxist view of religion, as well as the starting point and firm foundation of the CCP's formulation of religious policies, is not to fight against religion but to unite and win over the mass of religious believers and to band believers and nonbelievers together to strive for a common political goal. The political essence of a harmonious society is a diverse harmony, that is, "harmony in diversity".

Keywords: Chinese communists; harmonious society; Karl Marx; religious policies



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