FOUNDER
Confucius (Chinese: K’UNG FU-TZU) (551-479), Chinese philosopher
Perhaps person most influential in all China history

NAME
Named after the founder, Confucius

AUTHORITY
Lun Yu (Analects) – principles of his philosophy handed down by disciples
Confucius revered the study of ancient books and classics

VIEW of GOD
Little personal belief in the supernatural by Confucius himself

PRINCIPLES & BELIEFS
More a social and political structure, how people are to live and get along, than a religion
Not a religion, not trying to start a religion – a philosophy of life instead of a religion
Never existed as established religion with church, priesthood, etc.
Confucius seen as great teacher & scholar, never honored as God or claimed deity
Public edifices designed for annual ceremonies, esp. Confucius’ birthday
Followed in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, etc.

DISTINGUISHING BELIEFS
Principles & teachings were practical & ethical rather than religious
Saw himself as a restorer of ancient morality, transmitter rather than creator
Focused on five virtues: kindness, uprightness, decorum, wisdom and faithfulness
Reverence for parents, living and dead, very key concept

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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