The Seven Dimensions of Christianity

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The Seven Dimensions of Christianity
According to Ninian Smart, the seven dimensions of religion include practical and ritual, emotional and experiential, narrative and mythical, ethical and legal, doctrinal and philosophical, social and institutional, and material. The practical and ritual dimension involves rituals and practices that provide spiritual awareness of adherents. The emotional and experiential dimension includes the life changing experiences that either the leaders or followers of a religion go through. Narrative and mythical dimension are the stories and past records that preserve tradition and culture in the religion. Ethical and legal dimension of the religion are basically the codes of behavior that are followed
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The doctrinal and philosophical dimension of this religion is also the belief system created by the pastors and missionaries who live their life solely to teach the followers of the word of God. These pastors and missionaries actually devote their lives to the ministry, and are highly educated on the information that they are teaching about. There are many classes that one must take to reach this level of authority, and even at this point it is still impossible to answer every single question that one may have about religion. These people rely on their faith and persistence to be able to lead so many people into becoming followers of the religion. It is pretty hard to convince someone to believe in something that they themselves don’t believe in a hundred percent. Christianity has broken off into so many denominations over the past years, and in reality doctrine is the only thing that sets them apart. Many read from the same bible, and teach the same things but minor details cause the split.

Emotional and experiential dimension of Christianity refer to beliefs about evil and significant experiences that are a response to their religion. They believe that though “originally good, man willingly fell to sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world. They believe 'the Church' is the body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of
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