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- Created on: 04-11-16 11:51
examine the variety of forms of religious experience
a religious experience is a non empircal occurence and it may be percieved as supernatural
such an event can be percieved as spontaneous or it could be a result of intensive training
the recipient usually says that what has happened to them has drawn them into a deeper knowledge or awareness of God.
the experience itself isn't a substitute for the divine but is instead a veicle which brings the recipient closer to the divine.
a genuine religious experience seems to be encouraging and they don't condemn the individual but instead help them to live a better life.
such an experience could be seen as numinous, which is where you feel holy and includes awe,fascination and a religious awareness.
-occurs when the individual believed that they have seen or heard something supernatural -there are three ways]
-intellectual-brings knowledge and understanding such as as the revelation from god.
-imaginary-where something that strengthens faith is seen with the minds eye
-corporeal-figure is externally present.
numinous-to feel holy and includes awe,fascination religious awareness and the smallness of self.
there are conversions-when the religious experience effects are life changing
term conversion means to regenerate or change direction etc.
the effects can be temporary or permanent
there are different types of conversion
-a conscious and voluntary experience-volitional
-an involuntary and unconscious experience-self surrender
-volitional is gradual whereas non volitional isn't as non volitional is spontaneous
-a mystical experience is where the recipient feels a sense of union with the divine
mysticism involves the spiritual recognition of truths beyond normal understanding
a knowledge of the ultimate reality is gained
a sense of freedom from limitations of time,space and human ego is experienced.
a sense of oneness or unity witht he divine is experienced.
a sense of bliss or serentity is experienced.
mysticism is seen as the closest that a human can ever come to actually meeting the divine.
four characteristics of mystical experiences
-ineffability, unable to speak it
-noetic quality,mind gains knowledge and understanding
-transciency, only last a short amount of time
-passivity,occurs without any action on part of the recipient
There are two types of mysticism
-love and union-longing to escape from lonliness and feeling of being separate.
We all have a desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves
mysticism of knowledge and understanding-we have an urge to find out the secrets of the universe.
3 types of mysticism
-soul mysticism-sees the souls as something that is hidden.
-nature mysticism-found in the belief that God is immanent.
-God mysticism-souls desire to return to their immortal and infinite ground, which is god.
onlt those who have had a religious experience can fully understand what a religious experience is
assess 15 marks
for-agree with this claim
-can't know what is beyond your own experiences
against-disagree with this claim
people share such experiences
religious experiences have some objective features
natural explanations to explain such
examine main characteristics of conversion and mystical experiences