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by Ninian Smart

ISBN: 0006863728
ISBN13: 978-0006863724
Language: English
Publisher: FONTANA PRESS; New Ed edition (March 17, 1997)
Pages: 368
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Dimensions of the Sacred book. Smart demonstrates that diverse systems of belief reflect several recurring themes: the tendency to worship, the contemplative life, story-telling, a view of history, ethical instruction, guidelines on bodily practices, rituals, and visual icons. He examines each of these themes in relation to specific belief systems. He points out that religions and comparable worldviews should be studied at least as much through their practices as through their beliefs.

Ninian Smart considers Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, as well as Marxist-Leninism, Maoism, nationalism, and Native American, African, and other systems of belief.

His book The World's Religions (1989) also reached a considerable . Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the World's Beliefs. Aspects of Religion Essays in Honour of Ninian Smart. ISBN 978-0-8204-2237-4. Wilson, Andrew, ed. (1991).

His book The World's Religions (1989) also reached a considerable popular readership. His defence of religious studies as a secular discipline helped the formation of departments in many public universities, especially in the United States. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1998. World Scripture: a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. St Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House.

Not only does it provide a rich analysis of religious experience, but he also includes much that has been overlooked by other interpreters of the world's religions. -Richard D. Hecht, coauthor of The Sacred Texts of the World. See all Product description. Very clear analysis from one of the world leaders in comparative religions. This book is valuable for anybody studying religion.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Dimensions of the Sacred: Anatomy of the . An exploration of the underlying features of the world's major religions and comparable secular systems of thought.

An exploration of the underlying features of the world's major religions and comparable secular systems of thought. The book considers Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Marxist-Leninism, Maoism and nationalism, as well as a number of minor, more local systems of belief.

A world-renowned religion scholar explores the world's major religions and comparable secular systems of thought in this . Dimensions of the Sacred An Anatomy of the World's Beliefs. by Ninian Smart (Author).

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As noted by other (negative) reviewers is true that Smart's system is a product of the 1950s. However, that does not mean it lacks utility. He presents a useful system for performing an taxonomy of a religious phenomenon. His system however is not related to the History of Religions. His is a phenomenological approach not an historical one. He generally looks at things from a synchronic rather than diachronic perspective.

His basic taxonomy has seven axes:

Mythical - religions have narratives

Ritual - religions feature ritual performances

Doctrine - religions feature theology

Ethical - religions feature rules for regulating the affairs of men

Social - religions feature institutions

Experiential - they normally feature an encounter with some notion of the divine or mystical encounter

Material - (this was added from his original system of 6) religions produce material works like art and architecture

His addition of a Political dimension in this book is somewhat banal, poorly developed and could have been subsumed under the Social dimension.

My main beef with Smart was his continual effort to fit non-religious ideologies into a religious framework - i.e., Marxism.

It is true that he has passed out of favor among most academics, who have gravitated to either psychological, structuralist or post-structuralist interpretations of religions. In the case of psychological interpretations, the scholarship ultimately explores Myth, Ritual, and the Experiential dimensions well, but neglects other dimensions. The structuralists and post-structuralists suffer from the blindness that not everything can be interpreted as a text.

Smart does write in a very fluid poetic style that comes across as not very academic, thus leading to the denigration of his work by those that choose to live in a world of specialized jargon. If his writing does have a fault, it is that he does not structure paragraphs well, it is hard to tell what the point is at times.

Understanding the theory of the academic study of religion, the new student is well served to start with Smart and Geertz. The Introduction to Smart's The Religious Experience of Mankind covers the same material as this volume (leaving out the Material Dimension, thus 6 dimensions) in much shorter space, and Clifford Geertz's, The Interpretation of Culture has a number of key chapters on religion that are well worth reading.

Smart's book is a summation of his work as a subscriber to the morphological/Eliade branch of the "Chicago School" of Religious Studies, also called "Religionswissenschaft" or History of Religions.
He divides religion into "Theistic" and "Non-Theistic" and then proceeds to identify, buffet-style, bits and pieces of different religions as fitting into his schema, with little attention to the particular historical, and social contexts involved.
The discussion on Magic, Mysticism, and Heresy are especially banal. Smart either ignores or refuses to engage much of the scholarship of the last 100 years, presenting theories of magic and heresy that have long since been refuted. The discussion on mysticism is only marginally better, only half-heartingly engaging post-Steven Katz work on mysticism and mystical experience. You won't find any of the work of Francis Yates, Ioan Couliano, Walter Bauer, Bruce Janz or anyone else who has brought the fields of magic, mysticism and heresy out of Protestant Dogma. Smart's Episcopalianism shows through with little attempt to hide it, or openly acknowledge it as a prejudice.
Read this book if you want to find out the way that religion scholarship was up to the 1950's. Don't read it if you want a serious engagement with contemporary approaches to religion.
For a better approach to the same general topic, try reading Joseph Kitagawa's book, "The History of Religions."

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