Religious beliefs influence the actions and views of people in personal ways. Religion opens some people up to humanity but restricts others to remain loyal to small groups. Religion deals in one form or another with salvation. This can include saving the souls of humans either in a literal sense with a heaven after death as in Christianity, or in a symbolic sense, as in reaching an end to suffering, as in Buddhism. Maybe one of the most amazing things about religion is that there is no commonly held way of looking at it. In this paper, we learn about three different types of religion: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Christianity.
Confucianism is based on the teachings of the Chinese scholar Confucius. (Aiken, 2006) He was the most famous Philosopher in Chinese history. The religion highlights love for humanity, that learning is important and family dedication, including ancestors. It teaches that there is an order to society, which relies on relationships. If these relationships are maintained through rituals and etiquette, society will also be organized. Another important aspect of Confucianism is the concept of social virtue and empathy. Early development in Confucianism was an ethical system, describing how to lead a good and moral life. After Confucius’s death, his sayings were written down by his followers. His teachings grew larger until the Han Dynasty which is when Confucianism became China’s official religion. Scholars added spiritual concepts during the Song Dynasty. The religion remained the basis for ethical behavior in China for more than two thousand years. Scholars are still not sure on whether to call Confucianism a religion or a philosophy. Some followers of the teachings refer to their practices as a moral code and avoid calling it a religion. However, Confucianism has much in common with other religions, it is a belief that encourages morality that has a detailed view of humanity’s place in the world, and it...
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