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  • OTHER UNDERSTAN-DINGS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.
    • Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834)
      • Agreed with Otto that religious experiences are primarily emotional. The emotions are deeper than reason.
      • For him, the experiences are not numinous but at their core a feeling of absolute dependence upon the divine.
        • It is this awareness of absolute dependence upon 'a source of power that is distinct from the world' that is at the heart of religion
        • Theology arises afterward as people reflect on their experiences.
          • It is this awareness of absolute dependence upon 'a source of power that is distinct from the world' that is at the heart of religion
    • Martin Buber (1878-1965)
      • Viewed religious experiences as being analogous to intimate personal relationships that he called I-THOU relationships.
        • This differs from the I-IT relationship that we have with objects or when we treat people as objects.
          • The I-THOU relationship is a mutual interaction. We may experience such I-THOU relationships when we encounter nature, in deep friendships and most importantly, by experiencing God.
            • Viewed religious experiences as being analogous to intimate personal relationships that he called I-THOU relationships.
              • This differs from the I-IT relationship that we have with objects or when we treat people as objects.
                • The I-THOU relationship is a mutual interaction. We may experience such I-THOU relationships when we encounter nature, in deep friendships and most importantly, by experiencing God.

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