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Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 61, Issue 5–6, pp 623–639 | Cite as

A Concise History of Chinese Psychology of Religion

  • Liqing Lu
  • Jinhua Ke
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Abstract

The history of religious thought and the history of human thought are closely interrelated, so the study of Chinese psychology of religion should pay attention to the study of Chinese history. In this paper, we summarize the history of Han Chinese psychology of religion in three stages from the perspectives of the history of Chinese thought, the history of Chinese religion, and the history of Chinese psychology. In the accumulation stage during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods, debates about “human nature” were central to a psychology of religion. We hope that this will be helpful for the further study of Chinese psychology of religion.

Keywords

Psychology of religion Human nature Spirits Scripture 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are deeply grateful to professor Jim Nelson, who proofread our paper very carefully and gave us many insightful suggestions. We wish also to thank editors Alvin Dueck, Lewis Rambo and Kathy McKay for their helpful suggestions and editing work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zhejiang Gongshang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Philosophy DepartmentZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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