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Shara Postle Sociology of Religion Dr. Taylor Essay 2 Nov. 6 2007 What, if anything, does Islam have in common with the religions of China? The religions of China, in particular Confucianism and Taoism have very little if anything in common with Islam. Confucianism and Taoism are more philosophical systems where as Islam is more like what most people think of when they think of a religion. Confucianism and Taoism are more of ideals based on teachings of how to live your life whereas Islam is more of a religion because there is a god involved in what they believe. Confucianism is both a philosophical and an ethical system. It focuses on ethics and morals that should be followed in order to establish peace in the world and to return to a time when there was peace. Confucianism is based off of the teachings of Confucius. It focuses mostly on secular ethics and morality as well as the cultivation of the civilization. And once that is established it will help lead to world peace. They base they life on a system of moral, social, political, philosophical and quasi-religious thought. Confucius wanted to become some kind of government official so that he could use his ideas to return to a golden age. He used figures of rhetoric and analogy to explain ideas. He wanted to put into place systems and ideas that would lead to peace and unification in China. At one time Confucianism was the official state philosophy of China. Confucianism was developed into an ethical and political doctrine. This gave it a fuller
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explanation of human nature , of what is needed for good government, of what morality is, and founded and ideal doctrine on the claim that human nature is good. This stated that human nature is bad and had to be educated and exposed to the rites before being able to express their goodness for the people. Confucius believed that with ritual patterns of behavior are internalized and exert their influence before actions are taken, so people
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RELI 332 taught by Professor Taylor during the Spring '07 term at Marietta.

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