China Needs Churches

According to Ran Yunfei, in an interview with the NYRB:

If this country wants to develop well it needs faith. It also needs NGOs. I’ve said that Chinese intellectuals don’t get NGOs. They think it’s “good people doing good work.” But this is wrong. NGOs are necessary in the same way that Churches are. The unregistered churches are public spaces. They’re maybe the only real public space in China right now.

It also needs logic:

Too few public intellectuals in China have learned to argue logically. They don’t know how and end up cursing each other all the time.

Classical Chinese thinkers also didn’t know how to argue logically.