Confucianism impacted China by teaching social values and transcendent concepts, and by establishing institutions such as churches, schools and state buildings. Confucianism, in the most basic sense, classifies as a religion. However, historians consider Confucianism a civil religion, as its teachings and concepts touch on all aspects of society and life, carried out through rules, laws and codes.
Confucianism blended the typically separate spheres of education, government and church. This religion focused on the revival and interpretation of the ruling religion of the Zhou dynasty, which taught that by taking proactive measures, such as performing ceremonies and rituals, Chinese citizens honored the gods, who returned the appreciation with good luck and prosperity.