Theology Investigations - Thinkers

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Swinburne
Principle of Testimony - people tend to tell the truth, go with balance of probability. Principle of Credulity - experience is usually correct. "An omnipotent and perfectly God creator will seek to interact with his creatures"
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Otto
Coined the term numinous - ‘personal encounter of awe and mystery’
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Schleiermacher
'Self authenticating' faith and feeling is just as important as reason
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James
Neotic - gives knowledge, Ineffable - difficult to explain, Passive - external force, Transient - lasts a short time
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Hay
45% of 1500 admitted an experience, showed not just psychological explanation but a deeper truth
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Watts
Explanations through neurology 'does not negate the suggestion of God’s existence’
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Dawkins
Experiences are harmful and evil and show how deluded the mind can become
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Freud
Religious experiences are illusions and show how the brain can be deceived, they are creations of the brain seeking comfort
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Ayer
‘The argument from religious experience is altogether fallacious’. Language used to describe God is nonsense
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Mackie
To trust testimony of people is negligent. Whilst people may be truthful, they may be mistaken or have misinterpreted a situation
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Flew
cannot be empirically proven and so is useless, trusting the language of an individual is ridiculous
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Coined the term numinous - ‘personal encounter of awe and mystery’

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