Compare the diffusion of Buddhism from its origin to the 6th century C.E. with the diffusion of Christianity from its origin to the 6th century C.E. Be sure to include similarities and differences in how each religion gained followers as it diffused.
Must specifically address gaining followers
NOTE the time period: that’s UP TO 500 c.e.!! Lots of wrong content b/c of timing :(
Both: spread via trade routes (esp. Silk Routes); spread via merchants; attracted followers from the lower classes; spread b/c offered resolution/plan to deal with worldly political conflicts & uncertainty; both monastic; both missionary; nomadic peoples adopt (Huns, Goths, nomads of the steppe); spread as pilgrims’ travels increased; both religions of salvation; both blend; both use storytelling to attract all those non-literate potential converts. Both spread thru official state conversion (Rome Ashoka)
Diff: As Buddhism spread, it declined in prestige in its place of origin unlike Christianity which stayed prominent in its homeland (is that true of Buddhism by 500--yes); Christianity spread thru travels/teachings of single man (Paul of Taurus), unlike Buddhism which had a diffusion more closely linked to merchant activities; Buddhism spread from India thru SE Asia & to China while Christianity spread thru Mediterranean & SW Asia; exclusivity of Christianity’s monotheism unlike Buddhism detracts from Christianity & helps Buddhism gain followers; Buddhism spread farther than Christianity;
in Japan (Korea is ok)
Neo-Confucianism (Late Tang/early Song)
split of Christianity into Orth/Cath or Orth/Cath/Prot!
thru out Europe (Christianity)
Nestorians in China (but Christianity in general in Asia & even in China –Nestorians aren’t until PC era) clocks, Jesuits
ALL gone from India
Also, Buddhism is NOT Monotheistic …it isn’t even THEISTIC at all at this point. Plus, why do some of you think the 10 Commandments is the “backbone” & “foundation” of Christianity?
Further, you should be EXPLAINING & ANALYZING how gained followers or diffused …not merely stating “they both used missionaries to spread.” See the difference?? BASIC CORE (competence)
1. Has acceptable thesis.
• The thesis correctly addresses at least one similarity and at least one difference in the diffusion of Buddhism and Christianity from their origins to the sixth century C.E. • The thesis must be accurate for both religions in the specified periods. • The thesis must be explicitly stated in the introduction • The thesis may appear as one sentence or as multiple sentences. • A thesis that is split among multiple paragraphs, or merely restates the prompt, is unacceptable. • The thesis sentence(s) cannot be counted for credit in any other basic core category.
2. Addresses all parts of the question, though not necessarily evenly or thoroughly. For 2 points:
• Both the diffusion of Buddhism and Christianity and how both religions gained new followers. • Students may use different terminology.
For 1 point:
• Either diffusion of Buddhism or Christianity and ohw that religion gained new followers. • The diffusion of both religions or how both religions gained new followers.
3. Substantiates thesis with appropriate historical evidence. For 2 points:
• Provides at least four pieces of specific evidence for the diffusion of Buddhism and Christianity with at least one piece from each religion and at least one piece of evidence must refer to how both religions gained new followers. • Evidence must be appropriate to the specified time period. For 1 point:
• Provides three pieces of specific evidence for the diffusion and how Buddhism and Christianity gained new followers with at least one piece form each religion. • Evidence must be appropriate for the specified time period.
4. Makes at least one relevant, direct comparison between or among religions • Makes at least one explicit, relevant comparison about the diffusion of Buddhism and...
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