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1

What do the letters of PINT stand for?

Passivity
Ineffability
Noetic quality
Transciency

2

Who put forward PINT?

William James

3

What are the different types of religious experience?

Corporate, personal, conversion,

4

What’s Bertrand Russell’s quote about visions?

‘If you eat too little, you see visions; and if you drink too much you see snakes’

5

What does vitamin B deficiency cause?

Delirium tremens- hallucinations

6

What are the names of Richard Swinburne’s arguments?

Cumulative argument, principle of testimony and principle of credulity

7

What’s Anthony Flew’s quote refuting the cumulative argument?

‘If one leaky bucket will not hold water, there is no reason to think that ten can’

8

Which scholar supported Richard Swinburne?

Caroline Frank Davies

9

Where did Swinburne publish his views?

His book ‘Is There a God?’

10

What did Ludwig Wittgenstein argue about religious experiences?

Notion of ‘seeing as’: subjective nature of interpretation

11

What does A.J.Ayer say about religious experiences?

Any claims about the meta- physical are meaningless because the truth of these claims cannot be verified through analytic means

12

Example of someone who experienced delirium tremens and why

St. Francis Xavier- aesthetic diet was deficient in vitamin B

13

What did Sigmund Freud say about religion?

‘Religion is an illusion... falls in with out instinctual desires for safety and comfort’

14

What does Richard Dawkins say about religious experience?

‘If we are gullible we don’t recognise hallucinations or lucid dreaming for what it is’

15

What does Immanuel Kant say about religious experience?

‘Fanatical illusion of imagined heavenly feelings’ because humans cannot understand a transcendent God

16

What does Karl Marx say about religion?

‘Religion is the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man’

17

What does Ludwig Feurbach say about religious experience?

Humans have projected all human characteristics into God

18

What did Carl Jung state about religious experience?

Developing our spiritual aspect is essential to our psychological well- being

19

Who created the God Helmet?

Michael Persinger

20

How many people felt a religious experience using the God Helmet?

8110

21

What did Andrew Newburg do?

Injected radioactive tracers into meditating Buddhist monk’s bloodstreams

22

What did Andrew Newburg show?

Parietal lobes were shut down: explaining why they may lose a sense of space and time

23

Examples of people hearing messages to kill someone from god

Jim Jones, David Koresh

24

Bible passage discrediting corporate experiences

1 Corinthians 14: Holy Spirit doesn’t bring disorder to public worship

25

Scholars who say psychological explanations are too simple

Edwin Starbuck, John Lofland, Rodney Stark