Corporate religious experience

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  • Corporate experiences - Swinburne
    • Public/shared R/E - often result in change of behaviour, lifestyle or attitude - conversion link
    • Subsequent phenomena in these meetings i.e Toronto Blessing - uncontrollable laughing weeping, roaring as holy spirit descended upon them
    • Group experience with religious significance
    • Supporters - took these events as sign of 'new move' of God
    • Skeptics - suggests mass hysteria and copious psychological evidence supports this and examine scripture and q whether experiences fit w/ what = revealed about G-ds nature '
    • Evaluation
      • Could be classed as conspiracy to prove particular religion - happen to large groups of religious believers not atheists
      • Easily explained mass hysteria + shared desire which = multiplied by crowd + manipulated - Marx + Freud


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