Christianity, Confucianism, and Buddhism Religious Term Paper

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Confucius, likewise, although scholars say that Confucianism is not a theistic religion, stresses the will or mandate of heaven having an influence upon the lives of all, but focuses on the obligations of individuals in a society, not upon isolated religious acts of goodness. Buddhism, another cross-national religion also focuses on acts, such as the importance of meditation, rather than individual spiritual perfection, but focuses on such acts in a trans-national focus and stresses 'right understanding' as opposed to social relationships as in Confucianism. Confucianism does not stress the distinction between earth and the dead. It creates a network of continuity between ancestors of the past and one's present shows of respect, through good conduct, towards ones ancestors. Unlike Christianity, which stresses the better place of the Father in heaven, Buddhists do not believe in any type of God, the need for a savior, prayer, or eternal life after death. ("The World's Religions, 2005)

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Modern: I admit I am not of either of your traditions. I admire the strength of the style='color:#000;text-decoration: underline!important;' target='_blank' href='https://www.paperdue.com/topic/family-essays'>family in Confucianism, but I cannot agree with the philosophy's antidemocratic spirit that places fidelity to the Emperor as the organizing principle of the cosmos, or a religion, however good, that worships the past. I admire the pacifism of Christianity, but am not sure if Christ is my savior, or if I can act with such humility while on earth. My own personal sense of religion stands between placing such a focus on collective responsibility and order, as in Confucianism, but cannot agree with the millennial focus of Christianity, upon a better world to come. I will try to act with greater humbleness and respect towards others, according to the Golden Rule, but such acts cannot replace the need for self-perfection and self-examination that is a part of my own Christian-influenced culture, just as much as ancestor worship was a part of Confucian society.

Works Cited

Confucius. The Analects. MIT Classics Archive. Last updated 2000. http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.3.3.html

Hoad, Colin. "Chapter One: Confucianism and Christianity." 2005

http://galileo.spaceports.com/~cjhoad/confuciusorguk/cc_intro.html

Matthew: Chapter 5 The Sermon on the Mount." The New American Bible. USCCB. http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew5.htm

The Major World Religions." Last updated May 3, 2005. Om Sakthi. http://www.omsakthi.org/religions.html

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Works Cited

Confucius. The Analects. MIT Classics Archive. Last updated 2000. http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.3.3.html

Hoad, Colin. "Chapter One: Confucianism and Christianity." 2005

http://galileo.spaceports.com/~cjhoad/confuciusorguk/cc_intro.html

Matthew: Chapter 5 The Sermon on the Mount." The New American Bible. USCCB. http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew5.htm

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