Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religion are ritual, narrative and mythic, experimental and emotional, social and institutional, ethical and legal, doctrinal and philosophical, and material. These are recognizable elements across all the world's religions.Continue Reading
Smart devised his seven dimensions of religion as a way to avoid defining what a religion truly is and instead create a system to discuss and compare various aspects of religious belief and practice.
The first three dimensions are considered "para-historical," dealing with the intangible beliefs and concepts behind a religion, while the remainder are "historical" and involve the external manifestations of a religion's practice.
Smart's dimensions have been influential in differentiating the field of religious studies from the field of theology.Learn more about Religion
In the Christian tradition, Jesus is referred to as the "Paschal Lamb" or "Lamb of God" because his crucifixion echoes the ritual sacrifice of the Passover lamb. Many aspects of Christian symbolism have roots in the Jewish faith. In the Jewish tradition, "Paschal Lamb" refers to a lamb sacrificed and eaten as part of the rite of Passover.Full Answer >
The steps to becoming a Wiccan include learning about Wicca beliefs, performing a self-dedication ritual, and contacting a local coven. Some Wiccans choose to be solitary practitioners rather than join covens, and these Wiccans follow Raymond Buckland's Seax-Wica tradition while creating their own rituals.Full Answer >
The three core Confucian principles are filial piety, humaneness and ritual. These values permeate Chinese culture and everyday life, and also influenced cultures of neighboring people, such as the Japanese and Koreans.Full Answer >
Sikhs are forbidden from eating Kutha, meat obtained from the Muslim ritual slaughter that involves slowly draining an animal's blood while reciting verses of the Quran, or other ritually-slaughtered meat. Although a vegetarian diet is adhered to in the gurdwara, the Sikh temple, Sikhs are not expressly forbidden from eating other types of meat.Full Answer >