Jan Konior

Confession Rituals and the Philosophy of Forgiveness in Asian Religions and Christianity

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15/1 - Spring 2010, pages 91–102
Date of online publication: 15 June 2010
Date of publication: 01 June 2010

Abstract

In this paper I will take into account the historical, religious and philosophical aspects of the examination of conscience, penance and satisfaction, as well as ritual confession and cure, in Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. I will also take into account the difficulties that baptized Chinese Christians met in sacramental Catholic confession. Human history proves that in every culture and religion, man has always had a need to be cleansed from evil and experience mutual forgiveness. What ritual models were used by Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism? To what degree did these models prove to be true? What are the connections between a real experience of evil, ritual confession, forgiveness and cure in Chinese religions and philosophies?

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Konior, Jan. “Confession Rituals and the Philosophy of Forgiveness in Asian Religions and Christianity.” Forum Philosophicum 15, no. 1 (2010): 91–102. doi: 10.5840/forphil201015119

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