World Religions: Confucianism

By Albert Gillogly

Major Beliefs: Jen and li

"Jen and li are the most important beliefs in Confucianism. They are one belief but split into two. Jen: pronounced " ren" is the highest Confucian principle. People cultivated by it are humane individuals who exhibit benevolence and care toward others. Jen is translated as "humaneness". Li is the companion virtue to jen. It is translated as "ritual" "propriety" or "etiquette"."

"They believe that Confucius's values were education, family loyalty, work ethic, value of traditions, conformity to traditional standards, honoring of ancestors, and unquestioning obedience of superiors".

People believe in Confucianism not just because it's an old religion, it also feels good to be nice to people, and every day you could think of how nice you've been to people in the past.

How do extremists in this religion justify their actions against nonbelievers?

There are no extremists in this religion, and this religion is actually about being balanced.

Current Event

Confucianism is being taught at Nishan Shengyuan College. This all started in 2012, as a trial basis, and has grown since. Now it is a full classroom, where everyone is learning about Confucianism. This shows how Confucianism is being spread. It can also be spread on the net, books, and classes. This is a positive aspect for Confucianism because it started to die down for a while, and now it is becoming more popular because of classes like this one, books, and many more ideas.


There are two sets of books called "The Five Classics" and "The Four Books" which were compiled by Confucius and his disciples around 500 B.C. These sets of books are important to Confucianism because they hold the teachings of Confucius. They also have the history of China.

Song or Poem

"Do not do to others what you would not like to do to you". - Confucius

This is a part of Confucianism because it shows how you would want to be treated by others. Would you want to be treated with kindness?

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it". - Confucius

This is a part of Confucianism because it shows that no one or nothing is ugly.

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