Confucianism

A tradition very important in China. Not quite a “religion” in the sense of a set of beliefs about God, but a tradition of wisdom regulating social relationships and behaviour.

Confucius (the Western form of the name K’ung Fu-tzu, i.e, Master K’ung) is thought to have lived in China 552-479 BCE. Little is directly known of his life and teaching, since he is only known through documents written centuries later. He was a scholar who wanted to make wisdom available to people generally rather than an aristocratic elite, and a moral teacher who taught the cultivation of true humanity through integrity and kindness.


Information

The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.