RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES

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corporeal Visions
-Seen w/a physical sense of light, sees supernatural through real objects & empirical
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Imaginative Visions
-In dreams - No control over experience -Out of individuals control
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Intellectual Visions
- No image - subject is conscious - no false sense of reality - Noetic
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3 Factors about Numinous Experiences
- sui generis(of their own kind) -Non rational - mysterium et fascinas (beyond space/time)
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Passivity .Ineffable .Noetic quality .Transiency
P-No control I-indescribable N-Gain knowledge of God T- doesn't last long But has lasting effects.
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Extrovertive
seen through objects, non sensory unity shines through.
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Extrovertive R.E Example
Outward circumstances: “lovely the woods, waters, meadows” – GERARD HOPKINS. Its all down to God.
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Introvertive
Ordinary conciousness is replaced with a new consciousness (mystical consciousness )
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Introvertive R.E Example
1)unitary consciousness 2) non-spatial/non-temporal 3) sense of objectivity in reality 4) blessedness + peace 5) Feeling of holiness 6)self contradictory 7)Ineffable
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Staces & Mystical experiences
1)unitary consciousness 2) non-spatial/non-temporal 3) sense of objectivity in reality 4) blessedness + peace 5) Feeling of holiness 6)self contradictory 7)Ineffable
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Non-sensuous &Non intellectual union with the divine
mysticism= non senuous (sense dont work) - 'I' replaced with conciousness - Mysticism has nothing to do with Mystery e.g telepathy
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R.E are factual
-occur in groups -change lifestyle - swinburnes P of T - Privacy & Ineffability of R.E doesn't make them false - Humans understanding is relative.
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R.E are NOT factual
-Only individuals claim as evidence - Sudjective and Private - Ineffable(shows it isnt real) -Natural explanations e.g. Temporal Lobes - Contradictory experiences cant all be true.
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William James
1. Religious experience is primary and comes from a factually existing God. 2. Although God exists factually, God is not the being described by Judeo-Christian teaching 3. Experience teaches about religious life 4. The psychological benefits
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William James + Drugs
Subject has access to different levels of consciousness.
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William James + Yoga
Surveyed those who cultivate mystical consciousness deliberately, for example yoga in India as ‘the experimental union of the individual with the divine’.
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William James + Teresa of Avila
described as 'expert of experts’ in describing conditions such as the union with the divine.
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Teresa of Avila
1) Conform to chuch's teachings and holy scripture 2) Person must increase in charity and humility 2) Must be authenticated by a spiritual director
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- sui generis(of their own kind) -Non rational - mysterium et fascinas (beyond space/time)

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P-No control I-indescribable N-Gain knowledge of God T- doesn't last long But has lasting effects.

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