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Is Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism non – theistic or at atheistic?


  1. They are non theistic….Athesism is the actual nullification of God, however these religions do NOT explicitly nullify God…They just don’t mention him period…..

  2. Some sects of Buddhism are theistic, since Buddhism was the first missionary religion, it traveled and spread throughout Asia. And since the Buddha left the idea of a deity to the individual, Buddhism naturally blended with the native religions of the lands it spread to. Tibetan Buddhism is one example of a theistic Buddhism, while Theravada Buddhism is not exclusive. The individual may believe in a deity although it is not expressed in the Buddhism itself. Taoism is a belief that the Tao is a metaphysical law of nature, and if you open your mind to the idea that god doesn’t have to be a personified entity, you could call the Tao god I suppose. Confucianism deals with ethical behavior and doesn’t address any sort of god at all, but again it couples with other belief systems, so it doesn’t negate the idea of a god either. Eastern belief systems are nothing like the western mindset, everything is liquid and not compartmentalized like we like to do. Mind, body, and energy are one, they don’t separate them. Like we would see a doctor for a physical problem, a clergyman for a spiritual problem, and a psychologist for a mental problem, they may seek help from a religious leader for a physical problem or an acupuncturist for a mental problem.

  3. Buddhism never mentioned the existence or the significance of God(s).
    So, it can be assumed as atheistic.
    Having said that, many Gods or Godlike gurus were added later into the religion by some people for their own satisfaction.

  4. The three belief has sustained the moral standard for the last few thousands of years until the Chinese Communist regime destroyed them during the Great Cultural Revolution.
    In the Chinese Confucius’ teaching, high moral human characters are valued: respectful to heaven and earth, kindness, manner, knowledge, honesty, …etc. Confucianism is a philosophy emphasizing in good moral characters in one’s conduct toward others: from the family, to other people, and ultimately to the country. Therefore, Confucianism is secular.
    In either Buddhist or Daoist belief, there are many Buddhas and Daoists. So they are considered polytheistic. However, a serious religious practitioner only practices in one school, or one master.
    In the first 3 sections in the Zhuan Falun, you can find out a concise discussion about Buddhism and Daoism. In section, “Buddhist Qigong and Buddhism”, you can read up on its reform and development..
    Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. There are about 100 million followers, and most of them are in China. It’s practiced in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, and spirit based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China. Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, please ?

  5. Is Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism non – theistic or at atheistic?
    Buddhism – Generally speaking, most forms of Buddhism are non-theistic as they do not teach about ‘gods’ in the western sense of the word, but do not denounce the belief in a god either.
    Confucianism – Pure Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system and while it is does have rituals and is often considered a region, it does not have any doctrine for nor against any particular god, thus, like Buddhism, it too is non-theistic.
    Taoism – There are two distinct forms of Taoism. Philosophical Taoism that concerns itself with the philosophy as found in the Tao De Ching, the I-Ching and the other Taoist texts, and Religious Taoism that includes both the philosophical aspects as well as the spiritual beliefs (Divination, supernatural charms and ambulates, alchemy, ect…) Religious Taoism has many gods and spirits and is a polytheistic religion. Philosophical Taoism, like any form of philosophy has no religious doctrine and is thus non- theistic, and in fact, non-religious.
    I hope this helps.

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