The Mythic Dimension

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Jayena Shrestha
My impression of the Mythic or narrative dimension Religion basically means having a connection with god, either with culture or beliefs that a person has been brought up with. There are so many aspects or dimensions of religion. Ninian Smart categorizes them as: the Practical and Ritual Dimension, the Experimental and Emotional Dimension, the Narrative or Mythic Dimension, the Doctrinal and Philosophical Dimension, the Ethical and Legal Dimension, the Social and Institutional Dimension, the Material Dimension. All of them are significant aspects that are related to religion may it be Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamic or Christianity.
The narrative or mythic dimension is the stories that have been told for years about
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The mythic aspect which describes the dimension of religion based on the values of folk stories and ancient myths by which religions form a certain path which is to be followed. Therefore the mythic values as stated in the provided texts are vital stories that enforce the beliefs that are used to establish religious morals, generally handed down from generation to generation. Hence it brings cultural value to the religious aspect as well. For these stories run in family line, whether it is widely known or small communal stories that are passed down. The narrative dimension is said to be closely related to the ritual dimensions as the two are generally seen to be side by side. For the mythic and the ritual dimension are based on one other. The rituals are based upon historic events that religious leaders or gods may have done. Therefore the two are parallel. Therefore the mythic aspect of religion could be called the backbone of religion itself in the modern day society, since it is used as a support to the various other dimensions and enforce the values of religion by presenting examples via actions of the respected …show more content…
Segal. In this chapter he talks about whether or not myths are as old as humanity and if the challenges related to myths are as old as myths themselves. He assumes myths to explain how gods controls the physical world rather than how they behave among themselves. Bultmann acknowledges that ‘myth is about the physical world and is incompatible with science.’ He states, “Mythology expresses a certain understanding of human existence. It (rightly) believes that the world and human life have their ground and their limits in a power which is beyond all that we can calculate or control. Mythology speaks about the power inadequately and insufficiently because it speaks about it as if it were a worldly power. It speaks of gods who represent the power beyond the visible, comprehensible world. (But) it speaks of gods as if they were men and of their actions as if they were human actions….again the conception of satan as ruler of the world expresses a deep insight, namely, the insight that evil is not only to be found here and there in the world, but that all particular evils that make up one single power which in the last analysis grows from the very actions of men, which form an atmosphere, a spiritual tradition which overwhelms every man. The consequences and effects of or sins become a power dominating us, and we cannot free ourselves from

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