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Scientific or Anti-scientific: A Critical Analysis of "Science" Discourses in Falun Gong

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1. Title Title of document Scientific or Anti-scientific: A Critical Analysis of "Science" Discourses in Falun Gong - Enlightened Martyrdom
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Wang Chengjun; China
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Chinese religion; Falun Gong; Li Hongzhi; People's Republic of China; new religions in China
5. Subject Subject classification New Religious Movements
6. Description Abstract As many researchers have argued, the use of science to justify beliefs has long been a popular “legitimation strategy” in new religions. In contrast with other new religions that have adopted science as a source of legitimation, however, Falun Gong’s use of “science” discourse is confusing and inconsistent. While it is sometimes claimed by Falun Gong that its doctrines, creeds, and beliefs can be well explained by modern science, at other times its teachings are positioned as transcending the realm of natural science. Li Hongzhi has even gone as far as to suggest that science is responsible for many different types of modern social “disease” (including social and environmental problems). In “Scientific or Anti-scientific: A Critical Analysis of ‘Science’ Discourses in Falun Gong,” Wang Chengjun offers critical reflections on the science-related discourses present in Falun Gong. First, he analyzes such science-related discourses, arguing that they fall into three different categories. Second, he traces these discourses back to their origins in order to suggest that, even if science-based legitimation of the faith is effective in persuading its practitioners, it is by no means successful in a wider sense. Finally, he concludes with some more specific remarks on the ways in which “science” discourses have been used by Falun Gong.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Oct-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34322
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Enlightened Martyrdom
16. Language English=en en
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