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|Part of the series Confucianism|
|3||Themes in confucian thought|
|4||Influence in 17th century Europe|
|6||Religion or philophy debate|
|7||Names for confucianism|
There is debate about the classification of Confucianism as a religion or a philosophy. Many attributes common among religions—such as ancestor worship, ritual, and sacrifice—apply to the practice of Confucianism; however, the religious features found in Confucian texts can be traced to traditional non-Confucian Chinese beliefs (chinese folk religion). The position adopted by some is that Confucianism is a moral science or philosophy. The problem clearly depends on how one defines religion. Since the 1970s scholars have attempted to assess the religious status of Confucianism without assuming a definition based on the Western model (for example, Frederick Streng's definition, "a means of ultimate transformation"). Under such a definition Confucianism can legitimately be considered a religious tradition.
- ↑ Centre for Confucian Science (Korea); Introduction to Confucianism
- ↑ Streng, Frederick, "Understanding Religious Life," 3rd ed. (1985), p. 2
- ↑ Taylor, Rodney L., "The Religious Dimensions of Confucianism" (1990); Tu Weiming and Mary Evelyn Tucker, eds., "Confucian Spirituality," 2 vols. (2003, 2004); Adler, Joseph A., "Confucianism as Religion / Religious Tradition / Neither: Still Hazy After All These Years" (2006)