To begin with, Confucius taught his followers that morality “...was considered the utmost importance above everything else.” (Confucius - Biography). He believed, and taught, that when people properly understood morality, everything else could be harmonized. One of his most famous lessons about morality is, “‘never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.’” (Confucius - Biography). It compares to the modern day “Golden Rule” which states: one should treat others how one would like to be treated. Confucius was more about “...the virtuous perspective of the moral person rather than general rules about right and good.” (The Confucius School) and the morals of people.
In Buddhist teachings, the existence of a personal creator and Lord is denied but Christianity believes in a creator and each may have a relationship with the creator, Jesus. According to Buddhist belief, human life is not considered to have much worth and having only temporary existence. Life is understood in such a way in getting rid of all desire (good and bad) and not placing any value on this life on earth. In Christianity people are of infinite worth, made in the Image of God and will exist eternally. Buddhism is not really a religion but a moral philosophy designed to overcome suffering and it was designed to obtain relief from suffering by means of human effort alone.
Dawkins pokes holes in the Christian argument for the concept of afterlife, because there is little mention of life after death in the Old Testament of the bible. This make it less likely for there to be the life after death which the Christians believe in, as it is hardly mentioned in the old testament of the bible. Like Richard Dawkins, John Hick is a monist, although Hick is dubbed a Buddhist. This is because he follows the concepts set out in the Irenaean Theodicy, in that we can keep retrying life until we are good enough to get into heaven. He dismisses the Christian concept of a soul, and says that the soul is the value of our personality, and is not separate to us.
Initially he refuses to apostatize by not stepping on the fumie to remain true to his Christian traditions and mirror Christ through his suffering. However through the evolution of Rodrigues’ suffering and God’s silence during his internment, he realizes that by choosing to suffer he’s making a selfish decision which will ultimately disable him from ministering to his fellow Christians in Japan. However these Christians have a different understanding of God, as they cannot apprehend how a loving God would make people like Rodrigues suffer. By rejecting Christ through the power of compassion, Endo establishes the similarities between the central messages of Buddhism and what Christianity is supposed to represent in disregard of the formalities. Endo utilizes Rodrigues’ response to God’s silence to create a shift in beliefs from western Christianity towards buddhist Christianity based on the foundations of love, which ultimately establishes the similarities between the intentional message of the two religions.
Another Chinese philosophy is Confucianism. A successful philosophy, Confucianism, was formed around the thoughts and ideas of Confucius. Like Daoism, Confucianism also sound to set principles and standards for how humans should live. In Confucius’s life, he thought a way to restore order, was to honor the five relationships. They were the relationship between the ruler and the ruled; father and son; older brother and younger brother; husband and wife and the relationship between friend and friend.
Taoism and Confucianism are two of China’s oldest philosophies /religions. They are often considered opposites for several reasons, although they have a few similarities Taoism focuses on the individual, spiritual life while Confucianism concerns itself with the social and moral side of life. Taoism emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao of nature. Tao means "The Way", it is the indefinable, harmonious power that flows throughout the universe. It flows through living and non-living entities.
When I think of morals and ethics, the Ten Commandments and the “Bill of Rights” is how I try to live by these governed and religious ethics. But, for me the most important ethic is RESPECT, which is barely mentioned in our text. (I believe that the lack of respect in today’s society is one cause for the turmoil in our country. Maybe that’s where we went wrong; Respect is not even considered an ethic anymore.) Many people think that morals and ethics mean the same thing; a set of principles and beliefs that you choose to live by.
But some principles are unchanging. These root principles, such as yin and yang, describe natural laws, the laws your body must ultimately obey. These root principles endow Chinese Medicine with a unique knowledge making it, in some ways, far more evolved than modern technological medicine. Movement--the meaning of Qi Chinese medicine is about energy. We call it Qi.
The second quote is “ For every force there is a counter force.”. The reason that this quote also made me think that daoism is effective is because daoists believe in karma which means that if u do good things the universe will reward you but if you do bad things the universe will give you bad luck. So that says that daoists will not interfere with nature and thus nature will reward them. Daoists also believe in non-violence. They will never be the one who starts a
The founding Fathers of Sociology believed that an objective, value-free science of Sociology was both possible and desirable. They also wanted to follow the laws of scientific method, to realise the development of human society. If the laws are followed consistently and thoroughly then Sociologists believed it was a science. Comte, Marx and Durkheim all believe that their own work was uncontaminated by value judgements. However Sociologists are now a lot less certain than the founding fathers and the debate about values highlights this.