Access to Religious Studies: Religious Experience

Paperback | December 9, 2005

byPeter Cole

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The Access to Religious Studies series offers a concise and readable introduction to the key areas of religious studies for students and the general reader.Religious Experience looks at the ways we can define religious experience and at religious experience as a basis for faith. It looks at religious experience within the major world religions and explores the role of mystery in religious practice along with the ways in which a sense of thesupernatural is created in worship. The book compares the views of those who believe that religion centres around personal experience against those who believe that too great a stress on personal experience leads toward a spiritual elitism.Religious Experience includes quotations from primary sources, including sacred texts, suggestions for further reading, and practice questions for the various awarding bodies.

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The Access to Religious Studies series offers a concise and readable introduction to the key areas of religious studies for students and the general reader.Religious Experience looks at the ways we can define religious experience and at religious experience as a basis for faith. It looks at religious experience within the major world r...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.02 × 5.87 × 0.68 inPublished:December 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0340846844

ISBN - 13:9780340846841

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The extent of religious experiences3. Mysticism4. Conversion5. Visions6. Revelation7. Near-death experiences8. Triggers of religious experiences9. An argument for God's existence10. Physiological and psychological perspectives11. The role and influence of religious experience