Pastoral Psychology

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

A Concise History of Chinese Psychology of Religion

  • Liqing LuEmail author
  • Jinhua Ke


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.


Psychology of religion Human nature Spirits Scripture 



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.


  1. Chen Li, Dong Shu Du Shu Ji, Sahnghai: Zhonghua Shuju, 1936.Google Scholar
  2. Confucius, The Analects of Confucius, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2006.Google Scholar
  3. Guan Zi, Guanzi, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2009.Google Scholar
  4. Han Fei Zi, Han Fei Zi, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2010.Google Scholar
  5. Laozi, Dao De Jing, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2008.Google Scholar
  6. Lv Buwei, Chun Qiu Fan lu, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2011.Google Scholar
  7. Mencius, Mencius, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2006.Google Scholar
  8. Mo, Z., & Zhang, J. (2003). The general history of Chinese religion. Beijing: Social Science Literature Press.Google Scholar
  9. Mozi, Mozi, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2007.Google Scholar
  10. Muller, M. (1878). Lectures on the origin and growth of religion as illustrated by the religions of India. London: Longmans & Green Press.Google Scholar
  11. Xunzi, Xunzi, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2007Google Scholar
  12. Yan, G. (1987). Tang Song Xin Li Xue Si Xiang Yan Jiu. Chang Sha: Hu Nan People’s Press.Google Scholar
  13. Yang, X. (1999). The history of psychology. Jinan: Shandong Education Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations