2 ExperientialHave 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 BuddhaTheistic – God experienced as a holy presenceNon-theistic – mysticism – become one with the divineFaith 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 irrationalExpress Sacred Truth
4 DoctrinalThe belief aspect of a religion – creeds, doctrines or teachings of the religioncome from experientialcome from mythsWhat is the difference between the beliefs of a religion and faith?
5 EthicalHow we are to act while living in the world e.g. the “Golden Rule”
6 RitualWorship, taking a variety of forms and occupying much of an individual’s religious lifemany reenact a sacred story or myth e.g.HajjEucharistSeder
7 Social communal aspect of religion Belonging to a group – such as a tribe, parish or congregationhierarchy of leadershipEmbodiment of spiritualperfection
8 Material Sacred architecture structures of worship, art within them, sacred books of scripturesacred entities (mountains, cities, rivers etc.)Golden Temple of Amritsar, India – sacred to Sikhs
9 SummarizerIdentify the examples of the 7 dimensions from the religion with which you are most familiarExperiential - RitualMythic - SocialDoctrinal - MaterialEthical