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Is taoism an atheistic religion?

Is there any higher power in Taoism? I am looking for both quotes and simple interpretations
Sick Puppy, do you know what an interpretation means?:)


  1. It is neither, but Lao-tse words are pregnant with subtle suggestion and implications. Consider Lao-tse’s first words in the Tao Te Ching:
    “The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and
    unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.
    (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.”
    (Tao, Tao Te Ching (J. Legge tr))
    Tao is the sacred reality, which cannot be given word to, from which all existence derives. Lao-tse’s choice of words, for me, suggest the profound subtlety of an entity which many of us trivialize with human imagery. However, I think that we are all at different depths of understanding about this source of origin of all things and should respect and understand those different depths just as school teachers must understand and respect the different depths of understanding students derive from her lessons. Not everyone gets everything equally.
    That most Taoists are polytheists is a result of the Chinese tendancy to combine ancient ancestor cults with Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism (sometimes even Christianity, though that’s usually a private combining), as they see no disharmony or dissonance in doing so. I live in a Chinese country, have many Chinese friends from all backgrounds, and I see and hear it around me everywhere.

  2. Well, there is the Tao itself, but it’s not exactly a “deity.”
    Interesting question. I look forward to others’ answers.

  3. Well… I’m reading the Tao Te Ching right now, and good ol’ Lao keeps talking about the “Great Integrity” (ie, the Tao), and I suppose this is some sort of semi-spiritual force. Though probably not an actual god.

  4. He he, let me just say that the answer to this question is confusing. The closest thing they have to god is the Tao, which is described like this: The Name that can be Named is not the eternal Name, the Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao. Basically, they believe in something, but they’re not allowed to say anything about it. You can’t even say that nothing can be said about it, because you’d still be saying something about it…

  5. Did you know when you edit and or add additional details to your question that knowone that has answered your question or the person you edit your question for, actually sees your edit or additional details, y/a does not send an edit detail to anyone’s inbox so your edit goes completely unnoticed by the individual you are speaking to, utter and complete waste of time other than to glorify oneself in the eyes of those that answer your question after you edit your question, one thinks he or she is speaking to um lets say in this case ((( sick puppy ))) sick puppy has answered your question and has now moved on to other question, your question is now forgotten by sick puppy only waiting on best answer to reply to sick puppy’s answer is indeed rediculus, because sick puppy’s answer neither has life or a brain , it is indeed only words on a page and by no means can reply to your edit and or additions to your question, How is that for an agrument, you can edit your question to my answer but by no means will my answer , answer your edit, for it can not see no will i see your edit unless of course your actully take the time to email me and tell me you edited your question just for my answer and then copy and paste the url to this question. By then however your question and my answer will be deep within the pages of y/a lost to all except those who are bored and looking for some excitement they might find deep within the pages of y/a…
    as for your actual question , there is no higher power that God, whom by the way knows all and sees all very much unlike taoism.


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