Cal Poly Pomona PHL 485 - Characteristics of Chinese Religions (4 pages)

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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Phl 485 - Comparative Philosophy: The East and the West

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Back to PH485 Table of Content Characteristics of Chinese Religions Introduction In order to study the characteristics of Chinese religions we must take two approaches 1 to relate Chinese religions with the whole Chinese cultural background and 2 to compare them with foreign religions I Religious Pluralism A Toleration 1 Incorporating things of a diverse nature 2 Coexistence of Different Religions 3 Reconciliation between Religions B Assimilarbility 1 Unity and Affinity among Religions 2 Interaction between Religions 3 Reforming Foreign Religions II Religious De politicization A Subordination 1 Theocracy without Political Power 2 Subject to Imperial Authority B Passivity 1 Non interference in Politics 2 Escaping the Actual World III Religious De institutionalization A Decentralization 1 Decentralized Structure 2 Scattered Individual Schools 3 Reflection of Local Culture B Lack of Organization 1 Unsystematic Framework 2 No Fixed Membership 3 Lack of Registration III Religious Utilitarianism A Purposiveness 1 Eagerness for Quick Success and Instant Benefit 2 Arbitrary Explanation 3 Self consolation B Instrumentalism 1 Ideological Tool of the Ruling Class 2 Spiritual Weapon of the Ruled Class V Religious Spirituality A Deification 1 Deified Man 2 Moral Sageness B Fatalism 1 Non free will 2 Predestined Human Behavior VI Religious Popularization A Cheapness 1 Low priced Entrance 2 Low priced Facilities B Easygoingness 1 Simplified Doctrine 2 Convenient Practice C Imaginariness 1 Popularly Romanticized Theology 2 Folk Storied Deification 3 Mythologized Belief D Polytheism 1 Mixture of Religion and Superstition 2 Supernatural Beings of All Hues VII Religious Paradoxicalitv A Contradictoriness 1 Spiritualized Conflicts 2 Contradictions between Doctrine and Practice 3 Dilemmas in Values and Ideals B Inconsistency 1 Inconsistent Doctrine 2 Inconsistent Practice Conclusion 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 More passive than aggressive More reconcilable than irreconcilable More non institutional



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