Some lessons on re and verification i found it very difficult to find any help on this course so hopefully these will be of some use to others - edit, amend, tweak, advise. Events where god reveals itself to the person having the experience the experience is not willed by the person god is observed in some way term ineffable definition used to refer to experiences that are beyond human abilities to desctibe and communicate term indirect religious experiences. Experience modern philosopher richard swinburne (1934–) has used religious experience as part of a cumulative case for the existence of god when religious experience is mystical or conversion he suggests that religious experiences can be categorised according to how they come about the five categories are. Some suggest that people who have conversion experiences had prior childhood problems visions and voices can sometimes be explained through the use of hallucinogenic drugs, such as lsd some religions used hallucinogens to induce states of religious experience does this mean the experience would not be god.  he concludes that we have the right to use a principle like pc in the case of sense experience but not in the case of religious experience however, is it really the case that our belief in the general reliability of sense experience can be justified by inductive evidence the story goes like this usually our perceptual claims. Yet to my knowledge there are few if any systematic treatments of these questions that can be used to guide and inform both scholarly and public discussion of ordinary religious experience in general, my sense is that topics of religious engagement, learning and adaptation as discussed here have.
The evidential force of religious experience [caroline franks davis] on amazon com free shipping on qualifying offers this study examines the nature of religious experiences and whether they can be used as evidence for religious beliefs davis discusses the important philosophical issues raised by religious. A religious experience is a subjective experience which is interpreted within a religious framework the concept originated in the 19th century, as a defense against the growing rationalism of western society william james popularised the concept many religious and mystical traditions see religious experiences. 'have you ever as an adult had the feeling that you were somehow in the presence of god' (the 'stark question') 'would you say that you have ever had a “ religious or mystical experience” – that is, a moment of sudden religious awakening or insight' (the 'bourque question', a version of which was used by gallup polls.
A few years ago i used this book to teach myself a level religious studies and without it i would have been somewhat in trouble not only is it in an excellent overview of religious experience as a concept but it was very readable and useful as a primer on the topic (as studied at a level) it was in fact so concise that i barely. Many people claim to have had experiences of god, or at least of transcendence or inner peace can religious experiences prove that there is a god, or at least some kind of higher truth, out there. To some, personal religious experience is the best evidence of the existence of god to others, such emotion-based beliefs can only reflect crowd-induced illusions or personally generated delusion—each the triumph of hope over reason how could one trust that any religious experience was real and coming from god. The term religious experience has been used in three often overlapping senses in the twentieth century: (1) to refer descriptively to the subjective aspect of a tradition social scientific) led to different understandings of religious experience —both in terms of what counts as religious experience and how it could or should be.
Owen's work: • intuition is the same as religious experiences • can use our ability to think/intuition allows us to have a primary awareness of ourselves • can use intuition of finite thing to confirm they are significantly religious • however, knows this isn't the best proof in philosophy but is for experience. In it, james aims to survey the various types of religious experience as a psychologist and to present the findings of this survey and its implications for philosophy he used a variety of case studies of first-hand religious experience in the words of the people who told him their stories such as a homeless drunken man who.
Ultimately, if people had evidence of their experience and no rational explanation could be put forward to oppose it, then one can say that it could be used as proof that god exists although, a religious experience is beneficial to some people as proof that god exists, there are in fact numerous people who have been firmly. James recognised that the term 'mystical' is used in a wide variety of contexts, but suggested that using it to refer to a person was has had a religious experience is too ambiguous • therefore, in his book 'the varieties of religious experience', he offers four characteristics which he claims will enable us to identify mystical.
Group an outcome ask each group to provide 4 ideas on big paper that could be used as support / evidence for that outcome display and feedback discuss ideas and offer counter arguments as a class write up into notes vote on most convincing conclusions which arguments are the best why religion and religion.
Religious experiences can be characterized generally as experiences that seem to the person having them to be of some objective reality and to have some in other cases, the language of “seeing” is used in its extended sense of realization, as when a yogi is said to “see” his or her identity with brahman. 'religious experience shows that we can be united with something greater than ourselves' discuss  3 evaluate the view that the indicative content does not constitute the mark scheme: it is material that candidates might use, grouped according to each assessment objective tested by the question it is hoped that. Religious experience - do you know whether you have experienced god or not have you ever had an the term religious can refer to divinity, something holy or sacred this can include believing or if drugs, hypnotism, or other inducers were used, reconsider if the experience was truly from god was the experience. Interested in the influence of these elements of religious experience on people's behavior the difficulty is that it can be hard to measure these aspects like many topics in social psychology, researchers create scales in which people ask questions about their actions and attitudes those scales are used.