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Title: Seven Dimensions of Religion


1
Seven Dimensions of Religion
  • Understanding a human phenomenon

2
The Seven by Ninian Smart
  • Practical and Ritual Dimension
  • Experiential and Emotional
  • Narrative or Mythic Dimension
  • Doctrinal and Philosophical Dimension
  • Ethical and Legal Dimension
  • Social and Institutional Dimension
  • Material Dimension

3
Practical and Ritual
  • Practices such as
  • Worship, Praying, Regular Gatherings, Rites of
    Passage

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Experiential and Emotional
  • People react when they have encountered something
    which they believe is very profound.

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Narrative or Mythic
  • Stories which explain and inspire.
  • One such story is the Hopi tradition of how
    peaches became sweet and the bees got wings.

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Doctrinal and Philosophical
  • Provides rational for many of the practices and
    ideas of the religion.
  • Trinity
  • Bodhisattva

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Ethical and Legal
  • Ideas and laws that shape behavior.
  • Laws of Manu
  • 5 Precepts
  • Ten Commandments
  • Beatitudes

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Social and Institutional
  • Social outgrowth of religious experience.
  • Masjid
  • Church
  • Synagogue
  • Sangha

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Material
  • An outgrowth of religious experience/encounter.
  • Music
  • Art
  • Symbol
  • Architecture

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Sources
  • Seven Dimensions of Religion are from The Worlds
    Religions by Ninian Smart
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