MAJOR DIMENSIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Examples: The revelation to Muhammad, prophecy, sensing an answer to a prayer, speaking in tongues.
Examples: festivals, recurrent rituals of prayer and worship (the hajj, making the sign of the cross, baptism)
SOCIAL/INSTITUTIONAL: The forms in which religious teaching, authority, and common living are organized and transmitted.
DOCTRINAL: This dimension contains explanatory statements about the beliefs of a religion. They are organized systematically in some traditions in order to show the coherence between different and sometimes contradictory beliefs. In all cases they represent an effort to clarify and give intellectual vigor to religious beliefs.
ETHICAL: A religion’s more or less systematically organized set of moral beliefs and behavioral guidelines that prescribe moral ideals for personal and social life and that proscribe or prohibit activities contrary to those ideals. These normative moral statements are usually cast in very concrete terms as evoked in the tradition’s myth and ritual.
MYTHOLOGICAL: Among other things, this dimension includes beliefs (usually, but not always expressed in the form of stories) about beginnings and endings, gods, culture heroes, special times, places, historical events.