Interreligious Engagement in China - The second part of the project

  • Ruokanen, Miikka (Project manager)
  • Zhuo, Xinping (Other)
  • Zhang, Zigang (Other)
  • Wang, Xinsheng (Other)
  • Yang, Huilin (Other)
  • Ford, David (Other)
  • Oechs, Peter (Other)
  • Huang, Paulos (Participant)
  • Adams, Nicolas (Other)
  • You, Bin (PI)
  • Li, Huawei (Participant)
  • Hirvonen, Heidi (Participant)
  • Komulainen, Jyri (Participant)
  • Illman, Ruth (Participant)
  • Kuokkanen, Aleksi, (Participant)
  • Zhao, Fasheng (Participant)
  • Zhang, Jiyu (Participant)
  • Yuan, Ci (Participant)
  • Haj Kerim, Adiljan (Participant)
  • Zhao, Jianmin (Participant)
  • Lin, Manhong (Participant)
  • Wang, Yujie (Participant)
  • Zheng, Xiaoyun (Other)
  • Gao, Zhe (Participant)

Description

This is a continuation of the experiment and the research of the project carried out 2014-2015 on Scriptural Reasoning in Beijing, China (please see a separate report on that project). The project will now launch a long-term process of research on the interreligious engagement of the major religions of China.



We will next have a conference in Beijing 8-12 December, 2016, focusing on the topic: "Are the Chinese religions ready for interfaith dialogue?" The Chinese and Finnish scholars will, together with some international experts of interfaith dialogue, present research papers on the premises an conditions on the basis of which each of the religions in China would be ready for an interfaith encounter with other religions of China. Methods of historical, philosophical, and sociological research will be employed. The papers will be published as a book both in English and in Chinese.



In 2017 the research project will continue the actual process of Scriptural Reasoning in China, now in a larger scale than in 2014-2015. It will be keenly linked with the above mentioned research on the major religions. We wish to employ a certain number of Chinese and Finnish researchers both to analyze the process of Scriptural Reasoning and further to expand and deepen the historical, philosophical, and sociological analysis on the potential of the major religions of China for interreligious dialogue.



The project "Interreligious Engagement in China" will be continued for several years, and there will be more publications coming out. The Finnish scholars work together with scholars from the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Minzu University of China, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Fudan University, University of Cambridge, and University of Virginia. The project is supported by the RELDIAL research group of the University of Helsinki.
Short titleRELDIAL
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/03/2016 → …