Confucian Beliefs

Fast Facts: Confucian Beliefs
God(s) not addressed
Human Nature highly optimistic
Meaning of Life To fulfill one's role in society with propriety, honor, and loyalty.
Afterlife not addressed

Confucianism concerns itself primarily with ethical principles and does not address many traditional religious beliefs. These are generally provided by Chinese religion, Taoism, Buddhism, or other religion which Confucians follow.

However, Confucius regarded Heaven (T'ien) as a positive and personal force in the universe; he was not, as some have supposed, an agnostic or a skeptic. He also taught a highly optimistic view of human nature and potential.


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Title Confucian Beliefs
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
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