Well, but the Jews, the Mohammedans, the Confucians
, the Buddhists--what of them?
There is little in the Confucian classics to inspire a poet, and we must turn to Buddhism and the mystical philosophy of Lao Tzu for any source of spiritual inspiration from which the poets have drawn.
As counter-examples, there are numerous schools of Buddhism, some of which DO offer a type of heaven; and the Confucian ideal of reciprocity can easily be, and often has been, misinterpreted in the same way as Semitic religions.
and scholars of New Confucianism also recognize the complexity of defining Confucianism and determining what constitutes the Confucian
On the other hand, although recognized by the Ming court as one of the four models that other Confucians
should emulate, Xue has been generally overlooked in the post-Ming narrative of Neo-Confucianism.
Believing that the state is simply the family writ large, early Confucians
maintain that one's filial piety (xiao) and loyalty toward parents and elders in the family are transferable to the emperor and ministers in the state.
During the subsequent flourishing of classical studies, Confucians
sought to refashion their obscure past, a project that culminated with Ban Gu in the first century of the Common Era and which continues to shape perceptions of Han Confucianism to the present.
The only alternative left to Confucians
whose existence failed to extend to eternity was an adamant attachment to this world.
The early Choson Confucians
, however, pursued a revolutionary change in ethics and ritual practices in terms of Neo-Confucianism.
Noting that neither salvation nor God are present in Confucianism, Huang (Institute of Sino-Christian studies, Hong Kong) explores how Confucians
understand the Christian doctrine of salvation, and some basic problems with dialogue between the two faith systems.
On the other hand, modern Confucians
are inclined to take the classical ideas of Shangdi and Tian more seriously than did their predecessors.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that NSW was a diverse community including Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Baha'is, Taos, Shinto, Confucians
, Zoroastrians, Aboriginals, Jains, non-believers, etc.