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What is a religious experience?

There are two types of experience:
· Indirect- refer to those where the mind of the individual focuses on God
· Direct- where a person meets God in a direct way
There are many philosophers that attempt to define religious…

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3. Describable in ordinary language- experiences like dreams e.g. Joseph's
dream.
4. Non-describable experiences- direct Experiences of God in which
God/Wholly other/ divine is revealed to people.
5. Non-specific experiences- things like looking at the world from a
religious perspective.

Swinburne also puts forward two…

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What are voice experiences?

God can sometimes be associated with the idea of hearing the communication of
knowledge. The voice is usually linked with God. Hearing the voice of God is one aspect of a
Religious experience which could be a mystical experience. The voice…

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What is Mysticism, according to William James?

Religious experiences are the true religion, religious teachings and practices are
secondary. There are four qualities needed for a religious experience:

· Passivity- out of an individual's control.
· Ineffability- experience cannot be described in human terms- difficulty…

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What are the strengths of Religious experiences?

· Aposteriori; as anyone can directly experience God.
· Religious Experiences can be experienced in groups, this adds credibility to the
argument I.e. Everyone can view it and if a group experiences a Religious
experience then they can't…

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Psychological challenge
· Argument:
· Many have argued that religious experiences are a product of human
psychology
· If this is true this would explain the common occurrence of religious
experiences both throughout history and across cultures.
· Freud:
· Links religion with a neurosis…

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Lack of Evidence Challenge
· Argument:
· There is a lack of evidence that these Experiences have happened beyond
what a person says. Religious experiences may lead to changes in a person, but
that's all it shows, this doesn't give us an insight into the…

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What are Conversion Experiences?

Results in a change to a religious way of life as a result of some experience of divine
truth (directly or indirectly).
Direct- God reveals himself directly to someone who has not chosen to have the
experience.
Indirect- thoughts or feelings…

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