Religion as Experience

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byJohn Wright Buckham

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... and subordinate to a greater reality. It has become andlla religixmis. It has learned that its sphere is not to be ministered unto but to minister. It is to be henceforth the interpreter and servant of experience, commissioned not to lead but to follow, not to corral truth but to clarify it. "Theology is preceded by religion as botany by the life of plants," as one of the foremost to recognize and promote this change has said.3 Manifestly, this means a change in the whole spirit and attitude of theology. Henceforth she must take her pitcher to the living well and draw water from deeps of which she has not hitherto been fully aware. Beneath doctrines lies Truth; beneath understanding, Experience; beneath interpretation, Reality. II To base theology upon experience calls, however, for a conception of experience far wider and deeper than that which is ordinarily held. In many respects the very word "experience" is misleading. It is apt to suggest a mere superficial, passing stimulus--something that has to do with subjective feeling rather than with objective reality. Many weak, exaggerated, and irrational notions of religious experience have attached »William Newton Clarke, An Outline of Christian Theology, p. 1. themselves to it and beclouded its true nature. It has been identified solely with the exotic phenomena of revivals. Abnormal forms of mysticism have become associated with it, lending it an atmosphere that has alienated many minds. Religious experience has too often meant only conventional conversion or spasmodic emotion. Only of late have unprejudiced students of religion come to realize that these manifestations of religious experience are not to be taken as adequate indices of its true character. They are but outward and often lurid signs a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... and subordinate to a greater reality. It has become andlla religixmis. It has learned that its sphere is not to be ministered ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217923232

ISBN - 13:9780217923231

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