Religious Experiences

Religious Experiences - Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged...

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Religious Experiences 1. Story of Abraham sacrificing his only son Isaac a. God told him to do it i. Does this justify all the horrific acts done in the name of God 1. A Devine mandate 2. “seraph and snake abide there side by side” -William James 3. Three Questions a. How should we understand the nature of religious experience b. Is there a common core underlying all religious experience? c. Can religious experience…. How should we understand the nature of religious experience? Teresa of Jesus The life of Teresa of Jesus Was a nun experience happened privately Has visions that developed over time “imaginary” meaning there was no form to the image of Jesus at the beginning (first vision) See’s Jesus’ hands and feet has a form (second vision) Was real because her life changed dramatically after the vision Never seen anything like it before
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Unformatted text preview: Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Personal Experience (whereas Teresa of Jesus was part of a larger religion) Is religion a private or social thing? Religious experience as a feeling? William James says religious experience is rooted in a feeling (4 qualities) Ineffability- can never describe them accurately in words (i.e. language cannot grasp) Noetic quality (noesis) Transiency- experiences dont last long Passivity- they happen to us we cant make them happen Feeling is the deeper source of religion William James Religious experience as a perceptual experience? William Alston Mystical perception- a more reliable form of knowledge than a feeling Religious experience a super natural thing?...
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