Religious Experience

Who described the divine as 'mysterious tremendous et fascinanes'?
Rudolf Otto.
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Give an example of a well-known conversion experience.
E.g. Paul on the road to Damascus. Road to Damascus refers to a sudden turning point in one's life. It's in reference to the conversion to Christianity of the apostle Paul while literally on the road to Damascus from Jerusalem. Prior to that moment,
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What is meant by a 'numinous experience'?
An experience impossible to describe, invoking feelings of awe, worship and fascination.
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What is Swinburne's 'principle of credulity'?
The principle that we should trust our own experience unless we have good reason not to.
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What did James mean by 'noetic quality'?
Feeling that something has been learned.
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Apart from noetic quality, what did James think were the other 3 key features of religious experience?
Ineffability, transience and passivity.
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What did James think could be a reliable test of the validity of religious experience?
It could be seen as valid if it had good long-lasting effects, like a medicine.
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James was a pragmatist. What does this mean?
It means he thought something was true if it worked on a practical level.
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What is meant by 'corporate religious experience'?
A religious experience involving several people together.
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What did Freud think of God?
He thought God is an infantile neurosis for people who cannot cope with adult life.
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What was Persinger trying to discover with his experiments involving a helmet?
He was trying to discover if the feelings of religious experience could be created artificially using magnetism.
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How might a neurophysiologist understand near-death experience?
It might be understood as the effect of hormones produced by the body in a state of crisis.
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