Cultural Dimensions Of Religion

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In understanding the dimensions of religion and how the rituals of each religion have been formed, it is important to recognize that each individual religion holds its own unique methods of practice and have many different levels of complex beliefs; including ways of following and practicing the cultural expectations as well as understanding the historical events that have formed each religion. Some beliefs are formed due to the exposure of the religion that has been practiced within one’s family. Others may be formed within adulthood based upon self-discovery and one’s wishes to pursue a certain lifestyle. Those who are fully knowledgeable on the many different forms of religion are more likely to be able to form more in-depth opinions that …show more content…
Max Muller once stated, “Those who know only one religion know none.” (Van Voorst 10) This supports the argument that failing to expand your knowledge of alternate religions may only hurt your own understanding of the religion you practice. The dimensions that have been affiliated with the studies of religion have been categorized as more of a subject identifier rather than a basis to form in-depth understandings of the relationship one has with the religion they practice. Although they can help to explain the information available, they cannot truly explain the commitments, values and comforts that the believers find within their religion. (10) Allison Carabajal defined the dimensions found in World Religions by Robert Van Voorst in six forms: cognitive, ethical, ritual, institutional, aesthetic, and emotional. Van Voorst classifies the cognitive dimension is known to be more of the “thinking” element of religion that essentially educates the followers on the information needed to …show more content…
By identifying the concepts, arts, symbolisms, and perceptions understood within the religion, followers are often given as sense of direct connection to the God(s) they worship. The written word is a theological script that can be identified as an artistic form of religious aesthetics. For instance, the Hebrew bible is a “critical component” of the Christian religion. It teaches the word of God through direct communication given by God to the early followers of Christianity and gives believers the ability to connect themselves directly to His

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