Just the facts on religion.

Timeline of Confucianism

c. 551 BCE

Birth of Confucius

501 BCE

Confucius appointed minister of crime for the State of Lu

497 BCE

Confucius traveling and teaching rulers in China with his disciples

479 BCE

Duke Ai orders Confucius' home to be preserved as a temple to his spirit

479 BCE

Death of Confucius

c. 330 BCE

Mencius spreads Confucianism throughout China

c. 100

First mention of cult of Confucius: Han emperor sends representative to venerate Confucius' grave

124

Emperor Han Wudi makes Confucian texts the basis of training for bureaucrats

c. 175

Teachings of Confucius inscribed on stelae at the Imperial Academy

c. 220

End of Han Dynasty; Confucianism loses influence

489

First Confucian temple outside of Qufu (Confucius' hometown) built by King Xiaowen of the Northern Wei

618

Tang dynasty develops official liturgy for worship and sacrifices at Confucian temples

845

Confucianism made the state ideology of China; Buddhism and Christianity are banned

1145

Composition of Samguk Sagi, a history of Korea emphasizing positive impact of Confucianism

c. 1180

Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi promotes the Four Books over the traditional Five Classics

14th

Neo-Confucian moral philosophy is taught in civil examinations, making it the orthodox form of Confucianism for the remainder of imperial China

1472

Birth of Wang Yangming, important Neo-Confucian teacher

1725

Isida Baigan founds the Shingaku religion, based on Shinto, Buddhist and Confucian elements

1820

Minh Manh becomes emperor of Vietnam, revives Confucianism, persecutes Christians

1862

First use of the term "Confucianism"

1877

First use of the term "Confucianism" to designate a religion, in James Legge's Confucianism in Relation to Christianity

1895

Scholar and political reformer Kang Youwei campaigns for Confucianism as a state religion

1911

There are about 1,500 Confucius temples in China

c. 1920

May Fourth Movement and New Culture Movement denounce Confucianism

1961

Confucius Temple in Qufu added to the National Cultural Heritage Sites List

1973

Mao Zedong's implements pilin pikong political strategy ("Criticize Lin, Criticize Confucius")

1988

Beijing Confucius Temple added to the National Cultural Heritage Sites List

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