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  1. The eastern catholic is one of the branches of world Christianity churches
  2. The early church of Antioch was very diverse and developed into numerous churches
  3. The Middle East Catholic church can also be analyzed using the various the religious seven dimensions also known as the Ninian Smart
  4. According to the Eastern Catholic, there is a ritual church that represents ecclesiastical traditions
  5. There are seven sacraments that are accepted by the Catholic Church
  6. Doctrinal and philosophical dimensions refer to the religious teachings according the Catholic culture
  7. The Byzantine rite is considered as a philosophical liturgy used by the Catholic Church
  8. The Materials in the Eastern Catholic Church refer to places or objects considered holy or sacred
  9. The main function of religious iconic images was fully operational after iconoclastic movement ended in Byzantium
  10. Ethical and legal dimensions refer to the way Catholic Christians perceive life
  11. most Christians view the world today as a place full of wrongdoing due to the various activities people are involved in today
  12. The social and institutional dimensions refer to the beliefs and practices that govern the well being of a group of individuals in the society
  13. social issues, according to the Catholic teachings also involve caring for sick people in the society and the poor
  14. Exponential and emotional religious dimensions refer to the connection between a believer and God
  15. mystical experience is like being the same with God and does not come from a separate being with God
  16. Narrative and mythic religious dimensions generally refer to where religious stories originated

The eastern catholic is one of the branches of world Christianity churches. Also known as the Orthodox Catholic Church, it has preserved millions of Christians across the globe. The organizational structure of the Eastern Catholic Church in the Middle East consists of self governing or autocephalous local churches that use various principles. Unity in faith, canonical discipline and the sacraments are some the principles used by this church. They also elect their own bishops and use the patriarch of Constantinople. This patriarch gives bishops chairmanship and initiative privileges with no direct administrative or doctrinal authorities.

[...] There are various icons or images that are used by the Eastern Catholic believers. Icons and images of the Virgin Mary, Christ and the saints are some of the artistic work portrayed in sacred or worship places of the Eastern Catholics. The main function of religious iconic images was fully operational after iconoclastic movement ended in Byzantium (O'Mahony & Loosely, 2009). Icons were rejected as idols while graven images were prohibited by the iconoclasts. On the other hand, the orthodox theologians used the Christian incarnation doctrines to base their arguments. [...]


[...] Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. Schaeffer, F.A. (2013). He Is There and He Is Not Silent. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers. Sciences 360 (2009, July 24). Elements of Religion. Retrieved on 5th Dec 2014 from: http://www.sciences360.com/index.php/elements-of-religion- 14101/ Vayalilkarottu, J. (2012). Holistic health and well-being: A psycho- spiritual/religious and theological perspective. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 347-350. [...]


[...] Although liturgical, hierarchical and ecclesiastical practices differ in various churches, the Roman pontiff remains the entrusted pastoral governance. The Catholic's catechism comprises of seven rites. Byzantine, Syriac, Maronite, Chaldean, Latin, Armenian and Alexandrian are the seven rites according to the Catholic Catechism. These rites originated from the main centers, which are Alexandria, Antioch and Rome. The Byzantine rite is considered the largest eastern rites. It liturgy was developed based on the St. James liturgy for the Antioch Church. This liturgy was later modified by St. Chrysostom and St. Basil. [...]


[...] Narrative and mythic religious dimensions generally refer to where religious stories originated. The stories can be in the form of tales, fables or history. Mythical dimensions are sometimes used to interpret the way human beings live in the world. This means that though the stories are also known as myths, they may or may not be true, but they aim at providing meaning of the stories being told (Sciences 360, 2009). The stories usually vary and may include: prophecies, adventures or creation. [...]

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