Ian Johnson: Souls of China

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson will discuss his newest book, Souls of China, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today: its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future. Following decades of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty—over what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is now searching for new guideposts.