China will be the focus of the world over the new two months with the Olympic Games being hosted by the largest country in the world. Today, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published an interesting background piece from their research in China.
On Aug. 8, 2008 – the eighth day of the eighth month of the year ’08 – at exactly 08:08:08 p.m., the Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in Beijing. The day and hour for the start of the opening ceremony of the Olympics was chosen for its good fortune – a widely held belief in Confucianism and Chinese folk religions. And, in fact, the Summer Olympics could be the first international forum where the growing presence and ambitions of religious groups in China are exposed to a watching world. Read more . . .