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Confucianism
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The modern term “Confucianism” has no exact equivalent in traditional Chinese doxography. It denotes the sum of the officially sanctioned values and norms that have influenced, and to some extent still influence, the fabric of Chinese social structure, visible, e.g., in ancestor worship, subordination in the five key human relations (prince and subject, father and son, husband and wife, older brother and younger brother, teacher and student), and the governing of everyday life by moral concepts.

The nearest Chinese equivalent is the teaching of the Ju, cultured officia…

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Wagner, Rudolf G., “Confucianism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1152>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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