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Religious Experience

Critically assess, with reference to William James, the arguments from religious

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There are many arguments for the existence of God. The oldest of which is the argument from
religious experience, also known as the experiential argument. A religious experience is a
nonempirical occurrence,…

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supposed divine origin. Swinburne however would argue this point with his principles of credulity
and testimony. The principle of credulity states that if it seems to a subject that x is present, then
x probably is present what one seems to perceive is probably so. In other words…

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the shift is religious, then we are probably dealing with a religious conversion. Edwin D Starbuck
does not believe that the conversion experience is proof of God he says that conversion is a
normal adolescent process and is needed to allow a child to move from their small…

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the existence of God, but to take an objective stance in the matter. Taking the same approach as
David Hume did to the cosmological and teleological arguments for God's existence: perhaps
religious experiences are not created by God, but by a whole committee of Gods, or even

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the experience within our own framework. But what is considered by many as the greatest
criticism of religious experience comes from Immanuel Kant. Kant rejected all claims to religious
experiences. He did so because God is not an object in space and time and, since humans have


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