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Confucianism is considered a religion in a traditional sense However it has no clergy or god of worship It is considered a major religion because its philosophy has guided the ancient Chinese and many other people of the east for thousands of years Confucianism is a way of life based on the teaching of Confucius It emphasizes social and civic responsibility In a sense it gives people an ethical system to follow It promotes respect for family and elders as well as the neighbor It looks at education in the highest form Confucianism has influenced the Chinese attitude toward life set the patterns of living and standards of social value and provided the background for Chinese political theories and institutions It has spread from China to Korea Japan and Vietnam and has aroused interest among Western scholars Chinese scholars have honored Confucius as a great teacher and sage but did not worship him as a personal god like in early Greek and Egyptian religion Nor did Confucius himself ever claim divinity like Jesus Christ Unlike the early Christian churches the temples built to Confucius were not places in which organized community groups gathered to worship Instead they were public edifices designed for annual ceremonies like the birthday of Confucius Several attempts to deify Confucius and to rid of Confucianism have failed because of the nature of the philosophy in China The principles of Confucianism are contained in the nine ancient Chinese works handed down by Confucius and his followers who lived in an age of great philosophic activity These writings can be divided into two groups the Five Classics and the Four Books It holds great prestige almost to that of the bible in ChristianityHinduism is the oldest of the major religions of the ancient world It is a collection of many religious beliefs Hinduism unlike any other religion I have compared worships several gods Hinduism like Buddhism stresses that persons reach true enlightenment
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