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China, Catholicism, and Buddhism | Dr. Anthony Clark and Carl E. Olson | Ignatius Insight Podcast | Dec. 29, 2008

The editor of Ignatius Insight talks to Dr. Anthony E. Clark, assistant professor of Asian history at the University of Alabama and a contributing editor to This Rock magazine (his most recent article for This Rock was this May-June 2008 piece on Thomas Merton).

Dr. Clark, who has written a series of pieces for Ignatius Insight about the Church in China (see links below), recently returned from four months of teaching in Beijing (August-December 2008) and traveling in other parts of China. He talks about the "two churches" in China, his life-long interest in China, and the popularity of Buddhism in the West compared to how it is practiced in Asia.

On February 11, 2009, Dr. Clark will be a guest on "EWTN Live", and will talk wth Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., about "The Zen of Catholicism: What Attracts Westerners to Buddhism."

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Related IgnatiusInsight.com Articles and Excerpts:

The Church in China: Complexity and Community | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | December 22, 2008
China's Catholics of Guizhou: Three Days with Three Bishops | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | October 3, 2008
China's Struggling Catholics: A Second Report on the Church in Beijing | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | September 13, 2008
China's Thriving Catholics: A Report From Beijing's South Cathedral | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | August 20, 2008
Two Chinese Churches? Or One? | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
On Writing A History of Christianity in China | Preface to Christians In China: A.D. 600 to 2000 | Fr. Jean-Pierre Charbonnier
Two Weeks in the Eternal City: From the Vatican Secret Archives to the Basilica of St. Charles Borromeo | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
Catholicism and Buddhism | Anthony E. Clark and Carl E. Olson
Worshipping at the Feet of the Lord | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.

Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Asian history at the University of Alabama.

He did his doctoral studies at the University of Oregon, where he studied Chinese history, philosophy, and religion. His more recent research has centered on East/West religious dialogue. He has also been researching the history of Catholic martyrs in China and has recently finished writing a book on that subject.

Dr. Clark has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and has also been a guest on "EWTN Live." and "Catholic Answers Live" to talk about Catholicism in China. He is also a contributing editor for This Rock magazine.

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