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Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the World's Beliefs
A world-renowned religion scholar explores the world's major religions and comparable secular systems of thought in this unusually wide-ranging and accessible work. 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 goal is to ad ...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published June 29th 1999 by University of California Press
(first published 1996)
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Ninian Smart is one of the fathers of the secular study of religion. His approach is phenomenological. This book presents his taxonomy of religion. It was based on his original work that was presented in The Religious Experience of Mankind. He added a dimension (now 7 instead of 6). Unfortunately the student doesn't agree with the teacher. Smart tried to shoehorn modern ideological movements (i.e. Marxism) into the same religious categories. I disagree with him on that point. Other than that, it ...more
This is a very nice book by Ninian Smart. It is clever, fluent and very broad in the perception it passes of the overall problems in the scientific field of religion and within the so-called 'religious dialogue'. I have been using it as complementary literature to my academic studies in the Master of Study of Religions. Ninian departs, in his essay, from the area of non-theist religions and makes a difference in the correlated literature that prefers to start by the monotheist religions and, the ...more