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Confucianism - a Religion or a Philosophy
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Whereas other belief systems may lend themselves to readily being defined with regards to whether they are a religion or an philosophical system, Confucianism does not readily lend itself to such a simplistic level of interpretation.
From an analysis of the text and a cursory review of Confucianism, it must be understood by the reader that there are ultimately only three alternatives which could be gleaned: the understanding that Confucianism represents a philosophy but not a religious one, the understanding that Confucianism represents a religious worldview first and foremost within a philosophical interpretation being secondary, and the understanding that Confucianism represents both a religious and an philosophical interpretation. Likewise, it is the belief of this author that the most appropriate interpretation of this particular situation is the first determinant listed above; with the third determinant also being a distant possibility. Seeking to understand such a question may seem as something of an exercise in futility due to the fact that Confucianism is not a widely practiced religion; however, seeking to define what specifically is and what specifically is not a religion is an important aspect of delineating and defining the current world in which we live. ...
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