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GuodianThe Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese Religious and Political Philosophy$
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Kenneth Holloway

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371451.001.0001

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Religious Characteristics of Guodian Texts

Religious Characteristics of Guodian Texts

(p.12) One Religious Characteristics of Guodian Texts

Holloway Kenneth W.

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This chapter outlines general principles of Guodian religion. The focus of the religious system is unification that involves the bringing together of distinct individuals. Maintaining our individuality is underscored by the physical presence of morality in each of our bodies that requires us to recognize minority as well as majority concerns within the society at large; therefore, Guodian texts describe a system that is intended for an entire society of individuals. It also requires a belief in the ability of others to act morally. The transition from the individual to the society requires faith, as it relies on others for its maintenance and propagation. Subsequent chapters will provide a detailed analysis of the important transition between individual ethics and a socially conceived system, which is the foundation of religious sentiment in Guodian texts.

Keywords:   Chinese religion, ethics, morality, social system, unification of China, minority concerns, individuality

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