- Generally Religious Experience split into two categories - direct and indirect
- Direct - person experiences God in a direct way. Otto called these experiences numinous meaning beyond the physical obervable world. e.g. Paul on road to Damascus
- Someone experiences God in a direct way are aware of and know him in an intimate and personal way.
- Indirect - experiences leading one to thoughts about God e.g. the beauty of nature or acts of prayer.
- Swinburne categorises religious experiences to show the vast array: Public - ordinary (people interpret natural events as having religious significance e.g. beauty of nature) extraordinary (events appearing to violate our understandings of the workings of nature e.g. water to wine)
- Private experiences: things describable in ordinary language e.g. dreams, experiences that are beyond powers of human description, and non specific - could be seeing the world from a religious perspective
- Vision experiences God is 'seen' or 'observed'. e.g. Teresa of Avila was 'conscious' of Jesus by her side (intellectual vision, she didnt see a form but knew his presence) or St Bernadette saw visions of virgin Mary (corporeal vision as she saw the form who…