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(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)
So-called numinous experience, which forms the bulk of Christian experience, is even more nebulous & unreliable.
- That is, the experience of closeness to God, and of communion with him in prayer & worship (even including the experience of conversion itself) can all be explained psychologically. They are insufficiently concrete to form the basis of reasonable belief.
- It has been argued that religious experience is ubiquitous in human society and civilisation and is, therefore, a fact of the world that any analysis of the world must reckon with. While it is true that religious experience is an almost universal fact of the world, any so-called higher reality allegedly underlying this experience is not demonstrable from that experience itself, though it may, in some way, be confirmed by it.
- In other words, while it is true that numinous experiences are genuine experiences, it is far from clear what they are experiences of, and, therefore, what they are evidence for.
- Again, I am not meaning to deny the importance of numinous experience in the Christian life. It is only its evidential value that I am critical of.
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