Religious experience


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  • William James' religious experience
  • William James' religious experience
  • William James' religious experience
  • Ineffability - those who have a religious experience cannot describe in words what it is like. Like how people in love cannot explain their feelings.
  • Swinburne
  • Noetic quality - Mystical states seem to give more privy to them and an insight into the true nature of reality- Buddha achieved Nirvana
  • Swinburne
  • Transiency - James says that mystical experiences are not sustained for long.
  • Swinburne
  • Inductive argument - inductive means that if the premises are true, the conclusion is likely, so the inductive argument means that due to happenings like religious experiences the existence of God is likely.
  • Cumulative argument - is based on the view that if one takes all the different arguments about religious experience together, then they are more convincing than one argument alone.
  • The principle of testimony and credulity
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