Confucianism as a Form of Religious Naturalism

Author: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Journal: Journal of Globalization Studies. Volume 10, Number 1 / May 2019


Confucianism religious naturalism encompasses a dynamic cosmological orientation that is interwoven with spiritual expressions in the form of communitarian ethics of the society, self-cultivation of the person, and ritual expressions integrating self, society, and cosmos. This tapestry of spiritual integration, which has had a long and rich history in China and in other countries of East Asia deserves further study. The author thinks such studies will also point the way toward future forms of Confucian religious naturalism in new and creative expressions.

Keywords: Confucianism, religious naturalism, self-perfection, communitarism, cosmology.