Religious Experience

Religious Experience       Philosophy of Religion 3a

 

  1. Who was William James?What is the name of his important book on religious experience?
  2. Why does William James see religious experience as the most important part of religion?
  3. How common are religious experiences?What statistics can you use to support this answer?
  4. What is a conversion?
  5. What are the key characteristics of a volitional conversion?
  6. Why is Tolstoy a good example of a volitional conversion?
  7. What are the key characteristics of a non-volitional conversion?
  8. Why is Saul a good example of a non-volitional conversion?
  9. What are the key characteristics of a self-surrender conversion?
  10. Why is C. S. Lewis a good example of a self-surrender conversion?
  11. What is mysticism?
  12. According to William James, what are the four characteristics of mystical experience?
  13. How does the mystical experience of St. Teresa of Avila show passivity?
  14. How does the mystical experience of St. Teresa of Avila show ineffability?
  15. How does the mystical experience of St. Teresa of Avila show noetic quality?
  16. How does the mystical experience of St. Teresa of Avila show transiency?
  17. Why does St. Teresa of Avila use the metaphor of a sexual relationship to describe her mystical experiences?
  18. What is a corporate religious experience?
  19. What makes the experience of Jesus’ disciples at Pentecost corporate?
  20. What makes the Toronto Blessing a corporate experience?
  21. Why are the visions at Medjugorje considered an example of corporate religious experience?
  22. Why did Fredrich Schleiermacher think that religious experience was important?
  23. How did Rudolph Otto understand religious experience?
  24. How did William James build on the Romantic ideas of Schleiermacher and Otto in respect of religious experience?
  25. What does it mean to say that William James was a pragmatist when it comes to religious experience?
  26. What criteria did William James claim were the only available criteria for judging religious experience?
  27. What did both St. Teresa of Avila and William James claim was the key characteristic of a genuine religious experience?
  28. What is the Principle of Credulity?
  29. What is the Principle of Testimony?
  30. How does the Principles of Credulity and Testimony support the claim to genuine religious experience?
  31. How does the research of Dr. V. S. Ramachandran challenge the claim that religious experience is genuine?
  32. How does the research of Dr. Michael Persinger challenge the claim that religious experience is genuine?
  33. How might the physiological explanations of religious experience be challenged?
  34. How does Feuerbach explain religious experience?
  35. How does Freud explain religious experience?
  36. How does Winnicott explain religious experience?
  37. Why might it be difficult to verify religious experience?
  38. Who needs no verification other than the experience itself?
  39. Why might it be argued that religious experience makes no theological sense?

 

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