Buddhist Responses to Christianity in Postwar Taiwan
Buddhist Responses to Christianity in Postwar Taiwan
Awakening the World
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Acknowledgements A note on romanization and translations Preface Introduction Chinese Buddhism and identity The three teachings Buddhism and Christianity in China New intellectual and political responses Enter the KMT Modernity, and "KMT modernity" Taixu Overview of the study Chapter 1. Buddhism and Patriotism Taiwan's political context Buddhism and KMT values Awakening the world Conclusion Chapter 2. Buddhism and Chinese Culture Cultural renaissance From Moses to Marx "Slave society" East of Eden The genesis of a new approach The study of Buddhism Conclusion Chapter 3. Buddhism and Modernity Pointing at the moon Open letters to Du The science of Sakyamuni God and Gotama Yinshun's sources Conclusion Chapter 4. Decline and Revitalization Perceiving the decline History as polemic From the temple to the ivory tower Conclusion Chapter 5. Sermons among mountains Dharma Drum Mountain Tzu Chi Buddha-Light Mountain Lingjiu Shan and Zhongtai Chansi Conclusion Conclusion Religious inter-connectivity Interfaith competition in Taiwan after 1949 KMT modernity Interfaith competition and identity Summary List of Chinese characters Bibliography Index

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"Pacey’s study fulfills his commitment to shed light on areas such as the scope of Buddhist-Christian engagement in postwar Taiwan, its political relevance and impact on Buddhist identity formation, and the ways in which Buddhism adapted itself to the peculiar kind of modernity endorsed by the Guómínd.ng. [...] Both well researched and nicely edited, this book is warmly recommended to scholars and students of East Asian religions and modern Buddhism."
- Ugo Dessì, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, June 2022

Scott Pacey

Buddhist Responses to Christianity in Postwar Taiwan

Awakening the World

After the Communist victory in China's civil war, Taiwan, then governed by the KMT (or Nationalist Party), became a focal point for both Buddhist and Christian activity in the Chinese world. Focusing on some of the most influential monastics of the time, this study considers Buddhist responses to Christianity during its subsequent period of growth on the island. Drawing on Buddhist and Christian publications, it shows that interfaith competition, and political context, are important in shaping religious identity and driving the religious engagement with modernity. Buddhist Responses to Christianity in Postwar Taiwan: Awakening the World will be of interest to historians of Buddhism, Chinese religion and Taiwanese society, and to those with an interest in interfaith dialogue more generally.
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Scott Pacey

Dr Scott Pacey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham.