Chinese Panel: Religious Texts Must Be Re-Interpreted to ‘Keep Pace with the Times’

More than a dozen Chinese Communist officials and religious advisors last month discussed how to re-interpret religious texts, presumably including the Bible, “to keep pace with the times” and not offend Chinese senses, according to the country’s official government news agency.

They even talked about forming a new religion.

The Beijing meeting was headed by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and attended by 16 advisors, experts and scholars from religious circles, according to Xinhua news.

The panel suggested “conducting a systematic study of the thoughts of various religions” and “making accurate and authoritative interpretations of classical doctrines to keep pace with the times,” so as to “effectively resist the erosion of extreme thoughts and heresy,” Xinhua reported.

Wang supported “gradually forming a religious ideological system with Chinese characteristics in line with the requirements of the times,” Xinhua said. Further, Wang labeled the re-interpretation of “religious doctrines and rules important and fundamental work.”

Xinhua is China’s official state-run news agency.


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