Compare and contrast Taoism with Christianity, including monotheism or pluralism, salvation, afterlife, heaven/hell, suffering and justice, works, knowledge, devotion, reincarnation, and nirvana. What...

Compare and contrast Taoism with Christianity, including monotheism or pluralism, salvation, afterlife, heaven/hell, suffering and justice, works, knowledge, devotion, reincarnation, and nirvana. What parallels do you find with Christianity? What are major differences with Christianity?

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Taoism and Christianity are both systems of religious and philosophical thought based on ancient texts, the origins of which are at least somewhat obscure. Tao Te Ching, the central text of Taoism, is attributed to a philosopher called Lao Tzu, of whom nothing is known, though various myths and traditions surround him. It may have been the work of more than one hand and was written in the third or fourth century BCE. The Christian Bible consists of the Jewish Tanakh together with the much shorter New Testament, which deals principally with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It was written over several centuries and compiled by the Church Fathers long after the crucifixion of Christ. This makes it quite a different type of book from the shorter, more unified Tao Te Ching, even if the latter was composed by more than one author.

Although the Tanakh or Old Testament was clearly composed in a polytheistic society, by the time of Christ, Judaism had become a monotheism, and Christianity is...

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