A Comparison of the Highest Good in Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity

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A Comparison of the Highest Good in Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity
Introduction and Overview
The relationship between the right good and how to achieve this is a fundamental aspect of all religions. Specifically, right being in Christianity is based on acceptance of scripture, salvation and ritual. In contrast, right being in Taoism is based more on inner peace, but there is no mention of scripture. This is the similar ideal state in Confucianism, although there is more emphasis on a person’s place in society in Confucianism than in Taoism. In each religion, however, the common goal is to live in accordance with a code of conduct that will lead to “right being,” although it is manifested differently in each religion. This paper will...
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.....eaks of a code of conduct for how people are to treat each other. However, even within this realm, Taoism method of right doing is more detached than active, and Confucians are more concerned with a person’s role in society. Christianity, on the other hand, is more concerned with the individual and what each person does to approach the worship of Jesus Christ. In this way, Christianity is ritualistic but the other two are not. In the end, there are many more differences in these religions than similarities in the area of “right doing.”
References
Hopfe, L. M. & Woodward, M. R. (2009). Religions of the world (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Smith, H. (2009). The world’s religions 50th anniversary edition. New York: HarperOne.