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Religion in China: is it Natural? Preliminary Findings Now Available!

On April 23, 2014, researchers from the Thrive Center for Human Development, Boston University, and Chinese Academy of Sciences, among other institutions, presented initial findings from their research project “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge” at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Findings from the following six Chinese Challenge studies currently are available:

  • Study 1: Do We Need Gods to Help Us Get Along? High Gods and Low Gods in Ancient China
  • Study 2: Children’s Understanding of Supernatural Beings
  • Study 3: Why Do People Get Sick? The Role of Qi
  • Study 4: Youth and the Spread of Religious Ideas
  • Study 5: Are Religious Rituals Structured by Natural Thought?
  • Study 6: Moral Cognition and World of Warcraft™

Download the Chartbook (PDF) | April 23, 2014

Download the Infographic

Additional findings and full reports of the research are forthcoming as journal articles, books, and book chapters. The Chinese Challenge is made possible by a generous grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.