On the subject of Conversion, James argues

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  • On the subject of Conversion, James argues
    • 'To say that a man is "converted" means...religious ideas, previously peripheral in his consciousness, now take a central place, and...religious aims from the habitual centre of his energy'.
      • a religious experience can change someone's whole outlook on life
      • Before religious experience - aware of the existence of religious ideas
        • After religious ideas person's starting-point for their interruption of the world
    • Psychology can describe conversion
      • It's unable to account for all the factors in any given case
      • It can be tested by it's results
        • The final test of an experience is the way it works
          • Believers might support James' view
            • 1. The Bible refers the 'evidence' of the Holy Spirit as a way for Christians to test their experiences
            • 2. Claims of others
              • 'But the  fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace...' (Galatians 5:22)
    • These experiences convincing to the person experiencing it
      • '...As any direct sensible experiences can be...much more convincing than results established by mere logic ever are'.
      • PROBLEM: Something is not necessarily true no matter how sincerely people believe it.
    • James concludes
      • Although, RE doesn't give proof of anything
        • It's reasonable to believe in a personal God - who is interested in the world & individuals
      • He recognised this as a hypothesis
        • Perfectly reasonable hypothesis
      • It was NOT reasonable for schools or ordinary people to reject clear evidence of RE
        • Just because they started from a position of scepticism


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