Visiting Scholar Discusses ‘Confucianism as a World Religion’

The author of an award-winning new book on Confucianism speaks at Alma College.

Visiting scholar Anna Sun discusses Confucianism as a world religion during an upcoming talk at Alma College.

Sun, associate professor of sociology and Asian studies at Kenyon College, will speak on her award-winning book, Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Dow Science Center, Room L1, at Alma College.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The promotional text on the book jacket states: “Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn’t? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century religion scholars, to personal interviews conducted in the 21st century, Dr. Sun’s award-winning book traces the development of the idea of Confucianism as a ‘world religion’.”

The book was the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association. It also won the 2014 Best First Book in the History of Religions Award from the American Academy of Religion.

The visiting lecture is sponsored by the religious studies, history and modern languages departments.


Story published on January 23, 2015