Religious Experience 2

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  • Swinburne suggests two principles to assess claims of religious experience: principle of credulity (ought to believe things as they appear to be unless we have evidence of the contrary) and principle of testimony (if someone were to say something under normal circumstances we'd have no reason not to believe them) 
  • Reasons for disbelieving evidence: person was mistaken, under influence of drugs for example. 
  • Points to the importance of people's prior beliefs - If there is evidence that suggests God's existence it is not then suprising to hear reports of religious experience encountering God - Swinburne suggests with other evidence, religious experience makes it likely God exists.
  • Challenges to Religious Experience:
  • Physiological: could be product of physical…


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