ERIC Number: EJ850341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
The Sage and the South: Teaching Confucianism in Dixie
Richey, Jeffrey L.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v11 n2 p82-86 Apr 2008
White and African-American students in the American South are able to meet and learn from Confucianism on its own terms much more readily than their peers elsewhere. This is because of their tendency to respect authority, participate in intergenerational ritual performances (especially those concerned with manners, meals, and mortuary practices), and judge the present in terms of the past (especially the U.S. Civil War). This is true despite the incompatibility that many southern students sense between Confucianism and their own religious doctrines. Instead, southern students' grasp of Confucianism rests on the grounds of lived religious experience. When southern students learn to see in Confucianism a set of beliefs, practices, and experiences that, in some ways, mirror their own, they are empowered to identify the tradition as "religious" in a way that renders "religion" a descriptive category of comparison rather than a limiting category of unique identity.
Descriptors: Confucianism, White Students, African American Students, Religion Studies, Religious Factors, Prosocial Behavior, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Attitudes
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