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What are the types of religious experiences

Dreams
Voices
Visions
Miracles
Conversion
Corporate

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Examples of dreams

Virgin Mary, Joseph, Jacobs ladder

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Examples of voices

Job hearing god

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Examples of visions

Moses and the burning bush. Mary and the angel

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Example of miracles

Raising of lazareth, feed the 5000, water into wine

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Examples of conversion

Saul to Paul

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Examples of corporate

Pentecost, feeding the 5000, Toronto blessing

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Definition of a religious experience

An encounter with the divine, a non empirical occurrence that brings with it awareness of something beyond ourselves

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What does Thomas Hobbes say about religious experiences

What is the difference between a man saying that god spoke to him in a dream, and a man dreaming God spoke to him?

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What does Bertrand Russell say about religious experience

Some men drink too much and see snakes, while others fast too much and see god

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What does John Hick think about religious experiences

That the world can be experienced in DIFFERENT ways.
2 people watch a film, one finds it funny and the other doesn’t. Same with a. Sunset, one finds it divine and the other just a natural event. There is a difference in experience, if you apply this to religious experiences, we can see why some might evidence God and others not.

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What does Vincent brummers think of religious experiences

Pointed out the duck and the rabbit picture. It’s just a line drawing, focused on interpretation, the issue isn’t experience but the interpretation of the event

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Who is William James?

1842-1910
American philosopher and psychologist.

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What is William James book called

1902 Varieties of religious experience.
Chapter 9, 10, 16 17 and 20

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Why does James look into religious experiences?

RE are fundamental to religious faith, at the epistemological role
RE holds faith in place and keeps it occurring
RE can change someone’s life

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What does Ninian Smart say about religious experiences

A religious experiment involves some kind of interpretation of the invisible world that some visible person or thing is a manifestation of the invisible world.

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What does Martin Buber say about RE

God reveals himself to people on a personal level as they experience him in life and in the world,

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What does Paul Tillich say about RE

A RE is a feeling of ultimate concern.

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Who said “ religious language draws on the common range of emotion, happiness, fear and wonder but they are directed at the divine.

William James

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What does Richard Dawkins quote about Re

The argument for personal experiences is one that is most convincing, to those who claim to have had one. But it is the least convincing to anyone else, specially anyone knowledgeable to psychology.

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What are William James key characteristics to Re

PINT
Passivity, ineffability, noetic, and transient

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What does passivity mean

Losing control to something greater than you
When the experience is at its highest form. Individual is left with a feeling of hopelessness.

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What does ineffability mean

Can’t describe it in normal language. Beyond the ability of words
It’s isn’t possible to describe to any other person.

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What does noetic mean

Gives you knowledge unlike any knowledge of any human existence
Exeorienec is beyond expression, but it allows insight into the faith of the person

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What does transient mean

Experience for a very short time, but the effects of the experience are life changing.
Lasts more that 30 minutes, James calculated.

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Who is Nicholas lash

Catholic theological who disagreed with James

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What is lash’s book called

Easter is ordinary

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What does lash think of James argument

Argues that we learn to experience god in all things, we experience him in every day life. We are not grasped from without by god, instead we learn to see the world as full of god.
Religious experience is only the way the world is seen, we are trained to see the world in religious way.

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What does lash’s argument link with?

Anti realist explanation of a religious experience

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Strengths of William James theory

Swinburne, points to probability
Pluralism, looks at lots of religions
Sets up clear views
Allows different interpretations of RE
Hay argues religions based on RE are widespread