Assignment 1: Comparison of Two Religions
The purpose of this paper is to select two (2) religions from those that we have studied so far. The religions I have chosen are Confucianism and Buddhism. First I will identify the cultural and geographical origin of each religion. Secondly, identify and describe at least three (3) specific religious practices of each religion. Thirdly, provide a specific example of how each religion is practiced in different parts of the world today. Then finally I will discuss three things I learned while researching this paper. The Cultural and Geographical Origin of Confucianism
This Religion was founded by Confucius (551-479BC), China. Confucianism is a way of life taught by Confucius in the 6th-5th century BC. Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion. Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that neither denies nor slights Heaven. This Religion has been followed by the Chinese for more than two millennia. It has deeply influenced spiritual and political life in China; its influence has also extended to Korea, Japan and Vietnam. East Asians may profess themselves to be Shintoists, Taoists, Buddhist, Muslims, or Christians, but seldom do they cease to be Confucians. The Cultural and Geographical Origin of Buddhism
Buddhism was founded by Siddharta Gautama (the Buddha) in c. 520 BC, NE India. Buddhism remains the dominant religion of the Far East and is increasingly popular in the West. Over its long history Buddhist has developed into a wide variety of forms, ranging from an emphasis on religious rituals and worship of deities to a complete rejection of both rituals and deities in favor of pure meditation. But all share in common a great respect for the teachings of the Buddha. Specific Religious Practices Confucianism
Honesty, politeness, propriety, humaneness, perform correct role in society loyalty to family, nation. Aside from its...
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