Explain the external dimensions of religions.

When we think of religions the first thing that is likely to come to our mind are the temples, mosques and churches that dot our land. But when we think about them a little more we begin to realize that temples and mosques and churches are merely the tip of the icebergs that we call religions. It is merely one of the many observable, external aspects. There are also others. These external dimensions of religions can generally be brought under 4 Cs:

  • Creed (beliefs systems and doctrines),
  • Code (rules of conduct, some of which may even seem unethical to outsiders),
  • Cult (worship and adoration, yajna, and so on),
  • Community (some religions emphasize this dimension more than the others).

These visible, external, aspects of religions can be studied under various disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, psychology, and so on.

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