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Seven Dimensions of Religion. Experiential Have you ever had an experience in which you realized that there was more to life than meets the eye – a sacred.

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1 Seven Dimensions of Religion

2 Experiential Have you ever had an experience in which you realized that there was more to life than meets the eye – a sacred moment ? Have you ever had an experience in which you realized that there was more to life than meets the eye – a sacred moment ? Experiential begins with the religious experiences of the individual e.g. the Buddha Experiential begins with the religious experiences of the individual e.g. the Buddha Theistic – God experienced as a holy presence Theistic – God experienced as a holy presence Non-theistic – mysticism – become one with the divine Non-theistic – mysticism – become one with the divine Faith generally belongs to the category of Religious Experience Faith generally belongs to the category of Religious Experience

3 Mythic Sources of sacred truth - take the form of sacred stories They do not necessarily conflict with history and science, nor are they necessarily false or irrational They do not necessarily conflict with history and science, nor are they necessarily false or irrational Express Sacred Truth Express Sacred Truth tch?v=tcxgzMwcqN8

4 Doctrinal The belief aspect of a religion – creeds, doctrines or teachings of the religion The belief aspect of a religion – creeds, doctrines or teachings of the religion come from experiential come from experiential come from myths come from myths What is the difference between the beliefs of a religion and faith? What is the difference between the beliefs of a religion and faith?

5 Ethical How we are to act while living in the world e.g. the Golden Rule How we are to act while living in the world e.g. the Golden Rule

6 Ritual Worship, taking a variety of forms and occupying much of an individuals religious life Worship, taking a variety of forms and occupying much of an individuals religious life many reenact a sacred story or myth e.g. many reenact a sacred story or myth e.g. Hajj Hajj Eucharist Eucharist Seder Seder

7 Social communal aspect of religion communal aspect of religion Belonging to a group – such as a tribe, parish or congregation Belonging to a group – such as a tribe, parish or congregation hierarchy of leadership hierarchy of leadership Embodiment of spiritual Embodiment of spiritual perfection perfection

8 Material Sacred architecture Sacred architecture structures of worship, structures of worship, art within them, art within them, sacred books of scripture sacred books of scripture sacred entities (mountains, cities, rivers etc.) sacred entities (mountains, cities, rivers etc.) Golden Temple of Amritsar, India – sacred to Sikhs

9 Summarizer Identify the examples of the 7 dimensions from the religion with which you are most familiar Identify the examples of the 7 dimensions from the religion with which you are most familiar –Experiential- Ritual –Mythic- Social –Doctrinal- Material –Ethical


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