Religious Experience: Characteristics
Varieties of Religious Experience: William James
- Ineffable Tennyson
- Transient The Razor's Edge
- Passive St John of the Cross
- Noetic Julian of Norwich
- Numinous Wind in the Willows
Intellectual: Julian of Norwich
Corporeal: St Bernadette
Imaginary; Jacob's Ladder
What is a mystical experience?
A (purportedly) super sense-perceptual experience granting acquaintance of realities or states of affairs that are of a kind not accessible by way of sense perception.
or...An non empirical experience that purportedly grants one acquaintance with transcendent truth
Characteristics: William James and Rudolf Otto
Examples- The buddhist at prayer, St Therese, The Toronto Blessing
St Paul on the Road to Damascus
Contemporary examples eg Muhammad Ali, Cat Stevens (Yusuf)
All of the case studies in Varieties Of Religious Experience
The Argument From Religious Experience
Swinburne: Principle of Credulity
The Principle of Credulity: if it seems to a subject that x is present, then probably x is present.
It is reasonable to believe that the world is probably as we experience it to be.
Unless we have some specific reason to question a religious experience we ought to accept that it is evidence for the existence of God.