A discussion on religious experiences

Nevertheless, the evidential problem of evil remains a central argument type against the plausibility of theism. While there are important differences between ordinary sense-experience and religious experience clarity of the experience, amount of information it contains, presence of competing explanations, and the likeit is not clear whether the differences are great enough to disqualify religious testimony always and everywhere.

Cambridge University Press, It was often contrasted with the Greek word deisidaimonia which meant too much fear. On this view, religious experiences should not be treated as comparable to sense experiences, but that does not entail that they are not important, nor that they are not in some sense veridical, in that they could still be avenues for important insights about reality.

But many theists maintain that some evils are not justified, that some horrors are so damaging that there are no goods which outweigh them. While there have been many challenges to the classical attributes of God, there are also contemporary philosophers and theologians who have defended each of them as traditionally understood.

The self may be prepared, but the vision may not come; being prepared, as it were, establishes no claim on the divine. This is evidenced by the fact that nearly half of humanity will sporadically experience sleep paralysis or out-of-body experience and anyone can learn to induce them ; but epilepsy occurs in only about one in two hundred people.

Medieval Japan at first had a similar union between imperial law and universal or Buddha law, but these later became independent sources of power. For more nocturnal Old Testament visions, see also Genesis Consider the following three: Fallen human beings prefer pleasure and power over the greater goods, and as such human beings are not properly internally integrated around the ultimate and proper good.

Thus, while God created everything in the world good, including angels and humans, through the use of their wills these free agents have ushered into the world that which is contrary to the good. Furthermore, there is no empirical support for the claim that the world is structured for soul making.

While it is generally acknowledged that religion must affect human conduct in the world, some have maintained that there is no morality without religion, while others deny this claim on the ground that morality must remain autonomous and free of divine sanctions.

The Varieties of Religious Experience

So God hides out of love and concern for the person. A focus on religious experience is especially important for phenomenologists thinkers who seek the basic structures of human consciousness and existentialist philosophers see phenomenology of religion.

Since the past is a series of temporal events formed by successive addition, the past could not be actually infinite in duration. Each language-game has its own rules, including its own procedures for verification. A special emphasis on the importance of experience in religion is found in the works of such thinkers as Jonathan EdwardsFriedrich Schleiermacherand Rudolf Otto.

But given our observations of the pains and pleasures experienced by sentient creatures, including their biologically gratuitous experiences such as those brought about by biological evolutionthe hypothesis of indifference provides a more reasonable account than theism.

Further, it could be that such free agents cannot be caused or determined to do only what is morally right and good, even by God.Definition of Religious Experience • A religious experience is a non-empirical occurrence, and may be perceived as supernatural.

• It can be described as a ‘mental event’ which is undergone by an individual, and of which that person is aware. • Such an experience can be spontaneous, or it may be brought about as a result of intensive training and self.

Imagine a religious experience coming your way.

William James's 'The Varieties of Religious Experience'

What’s more, imagine being able to choose what variety you can have. What’s more, imagine being able to choose what variety you can have. Imagine what it would say about your character. Sep 15,  · Welcome to Religious Forums, a friendly forum to discuss all religions in a friendly surrounding.

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Hallucinatory Experience & Religion Formation

Reply to discussions and create your own threads. Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 'The Varieties of Religious Experience' by William James. The American novelist Henry James famously made London his home and himself more English than the English. Many religious people are religious not based on any argument, but because they have "religious experiences" that lead them to believe in God.

I suspect that many of the Christians on this forum are in this position. Philosophy of Religion. Philosophy of religion is the philosophical study of the meaning and nature of religion. It includes the analyses of religious concepts, beliefs, terms, arguments, and practices of religious adherents.

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