Religion in Modern China: Understanding Today’s Great Spiritual Revival


China is filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. What are we to make of the growth of religion in China? How will this revival reshape one of the world’s growing  superpowers? Drawing on decades of reporting, journalist Ian Johnson offered a lecture on the contemporary dynamics of religion in China.


Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, researcher, and senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Johnson is one of the world’s most acute observers of religion in East Asia. He has lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. He is the author of, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao (2017).


A recording of the event is available through the CEAS YouTube channel.