Arguments for Religious Experiences

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Swinburne's Principle of Credulity
Even though our senses do sometimes deceive us, as long as we have no reason not to trust them, we should believe them. Macbeth and the dagger. Countered by Descartes' 3 waves of doubt.
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Self-authentication
Experiences of God are self-authenticating. This argument is circular.
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William James' PINT
Religious experiences are: passive, ineffable, noetic and transient.
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Craig
It is equally rational to believe in the existence of God from an experience of Him as it is to believe in the existence of the external world based on experiences of it.
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Hick
Eschatological verification: it is impossible to know whether a religious experience is veridical in this life. Can comment on whether or not we remain the same in the afterlife, if there is an afterlife at all.
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Otto
There are feelings which are universal to all religious experiences: those of awe, compulsion, fascination, fear and trembling.
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Experiences of God are self-authenticating. This argument is circular.

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Self-authentication

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Religious experiences are: passive, ineffable, noetic and transient.

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It is equally rational to believe in the existence of God from an experience of Him as it is to believe in the existence of the external world based on experiences of it.

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Eschatological verification: it is impossible to know whether a religious experience is veridical in this life. Can comment on whether or not we remain the same in the afterlife, if there is an afterlife at all.

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