Method 1: 3 fold-test (Saint Avila)
Three-fold test devised by Saint Teresa of Avilla. St. Teresa claimed that a religious experince should be considered authentic provided it
- Conformed to Church teaching; E is evaluated by relating it to holy scripture Church teaching)
- If it increases charity and humility; i.e., the experince results in goodness and altruism.
- If it is met with the approval of a spiritual director; i.e., the experince is approved of someone who is trusted and who poessesses a good knowledge of the scriptural teachings.
Method 2: Richard Swinburne
Rely on reports of religious experience because of two central pincripals.
- The principle of credulity: This is if someone believes they have experineced something, we should believe them unless we…