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Ninian Smart’s Seven Dimensions of Religion

Ninian Smart’s Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the World’s Beliefs (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996) summarizes seven dimensions of “religion” on pages 10-11.

  • The ritual or practical dimension
  • The doctrinal or philosophical dimension
  • The mythic or narrative dimension
  • The experiential or emotional dimension
  • The ethical or legal dimensions
  • The organizational or social component
  • The material or artistic dimension
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