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Confucianism Paper Dominique Banks Religion of the Worlds/Humanity 130 May 17th, 2015 Matthew Versdahl Confucianism is one of the oldest philosophies in the world and came from teaching of Confucius. He was born in 551 BCE in China. Confucianism, as he taught it, was a philosophy as a way of life. Confucianism is considered pantheistic which means it equates God with the forces and laws of the universe. Confucius never outright discredited the gods he just didn’t believe in the spiritual phenomenon. Confucius lived, believed, and taught that there is no individual soul or self. Instead, his teaching focused on the five great relationships and how the ideal person should act. Confucianism is a belief system developed by Confucius and Chinese tradition based the importance of educational, moral development, as well as a patriarchal society. A patriarchal society is a society where the eldest male has the power. Confucius taught that harmony resulted when people accepted their place in society. In order to accept your place, one must adhere to the guidelines of the Five Relationships. For instance, the relationships are kindness in the Father and obedient devotion from a son, gentility in the eldest brother and humility with respect in the youngest. Also, righteous behavior in a husband and obedience from the wife, kindness toward the elders in the family and humility in younger generations, and benevolence in rulers and loyalty from ministers and those subjects. These Five Relationships showed people who was superior and who was lesser in the society. They helped mold the Chinese society of the time. Equally important, Confucius believed humans could create the perfect society and be ideal people (Molloy, 2013). The ideal person, also known as Junzi, must be educated and

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