Why might many people assume that "there is no religion...

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LECTURE BASED QUESTIONS: 1. Why might many people assume that "there is no religion in modern day China"? Why is such an assumption incorrect? What place does religion occupy in modern day China?
2. What does it mean to say that Chinese religious thought is characterized by syncretism? How does a syncretic approach bring about a very different understanding of and approach to religion?
3. What role do gods, spirits, ancestors, divination practices such as feng shui, and priests, play in traditional forms of Chinese religion? 4. When, where, and with whom do Confucian teachings emerge? What basic ideas and practices are associated with this tradition? 5. What happens in the story, "The Gorge of Lu"? What role does Confucius play in it? What are its key teachings?
from the water. When they reach the bottom of the waterfall, they see that the old guy is alive, well, and singing to himself. Confucius was wondering and asking the man how he did survive or what power does he have. The old man replied and stated that he does not have any powers and began practicing to “go with the flow” since a young age. He also states that not struggling with the water’s superior power and how to connect with the water. 6. When, where, and with whom do Daoist teachings emerge? What do Western scholars have to say about this story? What basic tenets are associated with Daoist philosophy? 7. What becomes most important in Confucian and Daoist teachings when we read them through Prothero's theory of religion?

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