Eastern Religion Quotes (7 quotes)
Difference Between Eastern Religions and Western Religions
In studying world religions, there will inevitably be a difference in the types of religions that are in different areas. Typically, the world is divided into two areas when speaking of religions; those that are Eastern and those that are Western. There are few similarities between speaking of Western and Eastern religions other than there are some people who live in the western world and have Eastern religions, and there are those who live in the East and believe in Western religions. Both the Eastern and Western world religions were greatly impacted throughout history, and there were many wars fought over religious influences across the world. Eastern religions are typically described by those religions that are practiced in areas like China, India, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Eastern religions are also typically polytheistic, whereas typically Western religions are monotheistic in that only one God is worshipped.
Eastern vs. Western Religion
In the following analysis, using one of several common religious categorizations, we compare the Eastern religions with the Western ones on many points of belief. We can see immediately that there is a vast difference between Eastern and Western religions, with the Eastern goals being unitive and introspective and the Western goals being dualistic, extroverted. The Eastern mind tends to see God everywhere, in all things, and to see everything as sacred. The Western mind considers it heresy to believe that God pervades all things, and makes a strong difference between what is sacred and what is profane. In general we notice the Eastern holding to karma, reincarnation and liberation, the Western postulating a single life for the soul, followed by reward or punishment. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive comparison, as it does not take into account the East Asia religions-Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. To discover your own belief patterns, take a pencil and put a check mark next to the view - Eastern or Western - which is closest to your own belief on each of the subjects.