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PhilRel - notes - day21-james-exp

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Questions for Hick Why think “the Real” favors love and compassion?  Some of the doctrinal differences between religions  are deep and important. One thing Hick calls our attention to: The central importance of religious experience.
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James on religion   (p. 110) An uneasiness And its solution
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How do you make "proper connection?" And how do you know what the “higher powers” want  from you?  Either you rely on your own  experience , or you rely  on somebody else's. 
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Divine Revelation   Some examples: The experiences of God that lie behind the Bible.  Muhammad’s “Night of Power”
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Are religious experiences veridical? A person's experience is  veridical  if she correctly  perceives something that is really there.
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Experiences of God / mystical experiences
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Unformatted text preview: Two partially overlapping categories An example of a non-theistic religious experience Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now Our question: Which is the dream, and which reality? James's “four marks” of mystical experience 1. Ineffable 2. Noetic quality 3. Transitory 4. Passive Consensus among mystics? James initially says yes (p. 107): Pantheistic Optimistic Two caveats: Dual vs. non-dual mysticism See “A Hindu example” on p. 98. Negative mystical experience (p. 108) James's three conclusions ( See p. 107ff ) 1. A mystical experience may rightly be authoritative for the person who has it. 2. But they needn’t be so for the rest of us. 3. Nevertheless, they open up possibilities that we may choose to believe in....
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