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7 Dimensions of Religion

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7 Dimensions of Religion

  1. 1. What do these terms mean? A position that says it is Belief in One God not possible to make up your mind Denial of the existence Atheism of God The belief in multiple The belief that all basic gods or deities kinds of plants and animals came from The negation of sudden creative acts of everything; there is no God meaning to life Belief in fate and existence of many gods and spirits The belief that the The belief that science Ultimate Reality is will answer all the big nature; there is no questions supernatural
  2. 2. Mythical Ethical Experiential Doctrinal Ritual Social Material
  3. 3. Experiential What Does it Mean? People have an emotional experience within their tradition How Does it Apply to Christianity? People experience God through prayer and worship… speaking in tongues, healing, the Holy Spirit (the Apostles)
  4. 4. Experiential
  5. 5. Mythical What Does it Mean? The stories and narratives associated with the religion… usually to give meaning or revelation How Does it Apply to Christianity? Parables, Gospels (the whole Bible), stories of Saints and Martyrs
  6. 6. Ritual What Does it Mean? Often a re-enactment of the Mythical (narrative dimension) People find meaning through repetition How Does it Apply to Christianity? Baptism (Christening), Confirmation, Rosary, Prayer, Worship
  7. 7. Doctrinal What Does it Mean? The legal/written side of the religion… a statement of faith or belief How Does it Apply to Christianity? Written laws and commandments exist within the Bible, the Church has produced many documents…
  8. 8. Ethical What Does it Mean? Specification of the behaviours expected of individuals and communities How Does it Apply to Christianity? Often debatable but rules such as Do Not Kill, Turn the Other Cheek etc… all apply. Goes deeper… abortion, Euthanasia
  9. 9. Social What Does it Mean? Institutions, organisations, groups How Does it Apply to Christianity? Churches, cell groups, meetings, schools
  10. 10. Material What Does it Mean? Buildings, works of art, sacred artefacts and places How Does it Apply to Christianity? Churches, Cathedrals, Art Work etc

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