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The Seven Dimensions of Religion
Transcript of The Seven Dimensions of Religion
The social aspect of religion has to do with the way a community who believes in the same religion acts with one another.
The doctrinal aspect of religion has to do with the intellectual and conceptional ideas of a religion.
The ethical aspect of religion has to do with what is good and bad and the laws that concern with what you must do and what will happen if you don't.
Some examples would include Ten Commandments or Shari'a Law
How are we to act while living on earth?
Most people feel more liberated to participate in a certain ritual and more spiritual when surrounded by a community doing the same exact thing.
Some examples of the social aspect in religion is when Christians gather to celebrate Mass.
The ritual aspect of a religion has to do with what the believers of the religion do as part of their religion.
Rituals include anything from praying, to styles of dress, to pilgrimages, to sacrifices.
Some common rituals include pilgrimages to Mecca, the seven sacraments, bar/ bat mitzvahs, and even yoga.
A doctrine is a set of beliefs or life experiences set in creeds, Scriptures, or teachings. Although they may be mythical sometimes, a doctrine will make sense of the content and analyze it in a way where the passage will correspond to a teaching of that religion.
An example is that Christians believe in the Apostles' Creed and in the doctrine of the Trinity.
The experiential aspect of religion has to do with the experiences of individuals
Generally, faith falls into the the category of religious experience
Most commonly, God is experienced as a holy presence
An example of religious experience is when God revealed himself to Moses through the burning bush on Mount Sinai.
What is a myth in the study of world religions?
Myths disclose important truths in the study of world religions.
Myths are powerful because they are sources of sacred truths. They give meaning to life.
The nature of things, the originals of humans and the world, and the proper way to live can be told through myths.
The story of the Creation in the Book of Genesis is a sacred story, or myth.
The material aspect of religion has to do with the religious physical symbols and/or places of worship
Religious materials can include cathedral, temples, and other structures of worship
For some religions, natural places (mountains, rivers etc) and human constructed places (cities, towns, etc) are highly significant religious materials
An example of this can be found in India where almost every major river is considered sacred by the Hindus.
By: Sydney Gonzalez