Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

Devil Killing and the Essence of Falun Gong

Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong - James R. Lewis

Fang Yong [+-]
Wuhan University, China
Fang Yong, PhD in philosophy, associate Professor, School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan City, Hubei Province. His research interests include Ethics, Religions Studies and Political Philosophy, and the focus of his scholarship is religious ethics, especially Christian Ethics and Buddhism Ethics.

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Falun Gong practitioners claim that their most important task is to return human beings to their real (spiritual) home. As such, they consider Falun Gong’s opponents to be devils, who are challenging the laws of the universe. In Falun Gong, it is believed that devils reside amongst the common people, posing a threat to Dafa (Dharma). As Fang Yong argues in “Devil Killing and the Essence of Falun Gong,” some practitioners conclude that it is necessary to eliminate these devils, an interpretation which has led to the deaths of ordinary people. A clear distinction is made by Falun Gong practitioners between themselves and ordinary people. Part of the Falun Gong doctrine includes the idea that the common people should be thankful to Falun Gong for seeking to eliminate devils. The idea that devils reside in society leads to the real-life practice of “devil killing.” This practice tells us not only that Falun Gong is intolerant of those who oppose its views; in essence, the organization is also operating in a way that threatens human safety.

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Yong, Fang. Devil Killing and the Essence of Falun Gong. Enlightened Martyrdom - The Hidden Side of Falun Gong. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 110-124 Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781794999. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34320. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34320. Oct 2019

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