[By Jiao Haiyang/China.org.cn]
Chinese have asked this question frequently of late as the country copes with one man-made calamity after another.
Poisoned rice, poisoned bread, melamine milk powder and hogwash oil have contaminated China's food supply. A 21-year-old student that accidently hit a pedestrian in Xi'an last year with his car stabbed the young mother to death instead of saving her. And a score of healthy people have been committed to mental hospitals.
In some people's eyes, all these horrible things happen because people have lost their faith.
As Chinese football star Hao Haidong put it, "Chinese football players will do anything because they don't have a scrap of faith."
What kind of faith have these conscienceless scoundrels lost?
Some say their actions are the result of a loss of political beliefs.
But people with political beliefs are a minority group in most societies.
Before China's reform and opening up, most common people had scarcely any political beliefs. And before the liberation in 1949, even some low-level leaders didn't know the ABCs of communism, much less the common people.
You can't lose political beliefs you didn't have in the first place.
Is it a lack of religious beliefs?