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The Sciences

Asian Buddhists believe in God

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanApril 15, 2009 10:50 PM

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A year ago I mentioned that the Religious Landscape Survey showed that a majority of American Buddhists believe in God. Some people wondered as to its generality as a finding. Does this apply in Asia? It seems likely. The World Values Survey has data on Buddhists in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan in terms of God belief. Here are the data:

The Japanese data are the most important. The Japanese are a secular people, so if Japanese Buddhists generally believe in God it is a rather good bet that you can generalize this. One could rebut that this only applies to Mahayana Buddhism, but there is a fair amount of ethnographic data that the same tendency toward theism is dominant in Sri Lanka as well.

Buddhist who believe in God, Yes/No

YesNo

Taiwan83.916.1

Japan56.743.3

Singapore86.313.7

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