Confucianism Vs. Taoism And Confucianism Essay

906 Words Oct 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Confucianism vs. Taoism Who’s whose and what’s what?
Taoism (Daoism) and Confucianism are both Chinese practices. Many believe they are a religion but Confucianism is based upon Chinese philosophy which may mimic religious practices that are rooted in tradition but they are not. Taoism is a religion as well as classified as a philosophy also. There are many similarities between the two as well as a few subtle differences. Even though they were different many Chinese found both to be compatible with one another and even practiced both at the same time. The history and belief system as well as the likes and dislike of Taoism and Confucianism are interesting to learn.
For over two thousand years Confucianism has influenced countless lives in east and Southeast Asia. Confucianism is often mistaken as a religion but it is not. Numerous academic studies over the years have tried to classify Confucianism as a religion but it has always came away lacking some key fundamental elements that would allow it to be classified as a religion. Even within its own culture Confucianism was presented as nonreligious in character.
The founder of Confucianism was Confucius (551-499B.C.) and those that follow him which became the disciples. Confucius used the writings and text of earlier thinkers of the time to facilitate the development of his teachings. Confucius did not want to start a new religion but to strengthen and uphold the unknown religion of the Chou dynasty. During the time of great…

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