Zhuo Xinping was born in 1955 in Hunan province, China, got his M.A. degree in religious studies and philosophy from Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in 1981 and Ph.D. degree from Ludwig-Maximillians-University Munich, Germany in 1987. He works as professor in the Institute of World Religions (IWR), CASS since 1988. In 1993-1998, he was deputy director of IWR, CASS, and is director of IWR, CASS since 1998.
He was elected as member of German (European) Association for the History of Religions in 1988, and member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1996. In 2000-2004, he was vice-president of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, and is chairman of the Chinese Association of Religious Studies since 2001. He is also director of Centre for the Study of Christianity, CASS since 1998. In 2006, he was elected as CASS Member. Since 2008, he is member of the Standing Committee of China’s People’s Congress. Since 2011, he is member of the CASS Members’ Presidium, and director of the Institute of Globalizing Civilizations in Zhejiang University. Since 2013, he is Vice-president of World Culture Forum in Taihu.
His main research areas are Christian theology, religious studies, Western philosophy and comparative studies of Western and Chinese cultures. His main publications include Theories of Religion in China Today and Their Relations to the Theories of Religion in the West(1988), Religion and Culture(1988), On the Origin of Religions (1988); Introduction to Religious Studies in the West (1990); Reinhold Niebuhr (1992); History of Christianity and Judaism in China, Contemporary Theology of the Western Protestantism, Contemporary Theology of the Western Catholicism (1998); Understanding of Religion (1999); On Christianity (2000); Between the Holy and the Secular (2004); Contemporary Theology in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Contemporary Development of Christian Churches, Three Talks on Christianity and Chinese Culture: Encounter – Consensus – Difference (2007) and Global Religions and Contemporary China (2008).