Confucianism as a Non-Religion Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Confucianism as a Non-Religion
An examination of Confucianism and its relation to Christianity.
# 135414 | 750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper considers the Analects of Confucius, one of the basic texts on which that creed is based, and finds that in many ways it is not so much a religion in the typical western sense as a philosophical system. The paper finds that there are close analogies between Christianity and Confucianism in several respects, but finds the difference in the powerlessness of heaven to redeem mankind. The paper points out that this explains the fact that many easterners are "Confucian Christians."

From the Paper:

"I find it curious that religious people in Asia classify themselves as such combinations as "Christian-Confucians" ("Confucianism"), and having studied the Analects of Confucius, I find myself unsure whether I consider this a religion or not. As one source commented: Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that neither denies nor slights Heaven ("Confucianism"). It does not deny Heaven, but it can hardly be said to embrace heaven, divinity, or any power beyond humanity. The Analects refer to Heaven, but..."

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