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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

4 Experiential and Emotional People react when they have encountered something which they believe is very profound. 17A4AD9FDB9CF EAF14430D E613E87FCF2556AE8CBB5C4EFC D9FDB9CF1933D389E1A66A BD6C7A7470EA7879D000F7E7BD7FE

5 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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