– Religion Journal – Taoism and Confucianism

In this week’s journal entry, you will answer the following questions by referring to this week’s reading assignments and explaining the concepts in your own words: 

Briefly, what is meant by the term Tao, and how does this ideal compare with the image of deity or a god cultivated in other faith systems?
How would you describe the central human purpose, according to the Tao faith system?
Describe the role of rituals in Confucianism. 
Explain the concepts of filial piety and ancestor veneration in Confucianism. 

Guidelines for Submission
You may number your responses, and provide answers that correspond to the questions above. Or, you can write in your journal in paragraph format. Regardless of how you choose to organize your responses, the following guidelines should be followed: 

For each question, your response should be at least three sentences in length. And they may need to be longer if the question calls for a more in depth response. Ensure that you are answering thoroughly and thoughtfully.