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Seven Dimensions Of Religion

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Seven Dimensions Of Religion

  1. 1. Seven Dimensions of Religion Understanding a human phenomenon
  2. 2. The Seven by Ninian Smart <ul><li>Practical and Ritual Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential and Emotional </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative or Mythic Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Doctrinal and Philosophical Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical and Legal Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Institutional Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Material Dimension </li></ul>
  3. 3. Practical and Ritual <ul><li>Practices such as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worship, Praying, Regular Gatherings, Rites of Passage </li></ul></ul>http://www.huntington.edu/worship/images/Worship-039_small.jpg http://www.farsipraise.net/blog/uploaded_images/worship%20shofar-blower-talit-756042.jpg http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/muslims-praying.jpg
  4. 4. Experiential and Emotional <ul><li>People react when they have encountered something which they believe is very profound. </li></ul>http://delivery.viewimages.com/xv/1541648.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d = 17A4AD9FDB9CF19396908EAF14430D35940696E613E87FCF2556AE8CBB5C4EFC http://delivery.viewimages.com/xv/74365748.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4A D9FDB9CF1933D389E1A66A48986185BD6C7A7470EA7879D000F7E7BD7FE
  5. 5. Narrative or Mythic <ul><li>Stories which explain and inspire. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One such story is the Hopi tradition of how peaches became sweet and the bees got wings. </li></ul></ul>http://www.zoopy.com/photo_image/large/1180376216.jpg http://www.greengiantfresh.com/images/peaches.jpg
  6. 6. Doctrinal and Philosophical <ul><li>Provides rational for many of the practices and ideas of the religion. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trinity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bodhisattva </li></ul></ul>http://www.lemoyne.edu/philosophy/images/thinker.jpg http://www.rothburycommunity.org/images/RCC2%20Logo.JPG
  7. 7. Ethical and Legal <ul><li>Ideas and laws that shape behavior. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laws of Manu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Precepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ten Commandments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beatitudes </li></ul></ul>http://minimediaguy.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/tn_question.jpg http://66.231.15.127/ClassLibrary/Page/Images/Data/515.jpg
  8. 8. Social and Institutional <ul><li>Social outgrowth of religious experience. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Masjid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synagogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sangha </li></ul></ul>http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/Jama_Masjid.jpg/800px-Jama_Masjid.jpg http://www.jeffooi.com/Sangha_0044.jpg http://www.diamond-congress.hu/mdo2006/images/mdo/pict/synagogue.jpg
  9. 9. Material <ul><li>An outgrowth of religious experience/encounter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Architecture </li></ul></ul>http://www.ethnicpaintings.com/images/buddhist-art-thanka-life-mandala.jpg http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_pictures/symbols/images/dharma.gif http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/Previous/Images/ISLAMIC.JPEG
  10. 10. Sources <ul><li>Seven Dimensions of Religion are from The World’s Religions by Ninian Smart </li></ul>

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