Rel 152 Fall 1998 Quiz #7 makeup 12/11/98Name:______________________

Respond to the following essay question. Be succinct -- information is much more important than volume. This is due 5:00 pm Thursday Dec 17.

Although we did not follow this order in the class lectures, the World Religions textbook locates the discussion of Shinto in the middle of its section of Chinese religions. It comes immediately after the description of historical Chinese religious practice, but before its discussion of Taoism and Confucianism. What logic would lead them to do this? Show arguments both for and against their apparent supposition that Shinto has so much in common with traditional Chinese traditions that it should be view as a category within them, rather than as a separate religions tradition.