Religious Experience

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  • Religious Experience
    • Direct experience
    • indirect experience
    • public realm
    • private realm
      • subject to description through everyday language
      • mystical experience
    • Swinburne
      • the principle of credulity
        • we have good reasonto suppose that what we see is actually what is there
      • the principle of testimony
        • we should not doubt what people report, provided that there are no special considerations
    • William James
      • number of hallmarks for mystical experience
        • ineffable - gain of knowledge through mystical experience
          • form of knowledge that cannot be easily described or written down
        • noetic - the experience is not just an emotional one, provides new knowledge, insight and enlightemnet
        • transient - it cannot be maintained for a lenghty period of time
        • passive - the experience overhelms the recipient and he or she is a passive receiver


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