Religious Experience

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University of California Press, Sep 14, 1987 - Religion - 290 pages
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How is religious experience to be identified, described, analyzed and explained? Is it independent of concepts, beliefs, and practices? How can we account for its authority? Under what conditions might a person identify his or her experience as religious? Wayne Proudfoot shows that concepts, beliefs, and linguistic practices are presupposed by the rules governing this identification of an experience as religious. Some of these characteristics can be understood by attending to the conditions of experience, among which are beliefs about how experience is to be explained.
 

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Contents

II Interpretation
41
III Emotion
75
IV Mysticism
119
V Explication
155
VI Explanation
190
Conclusion
228
Notes
237
References
249
Index
261
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Page 15 - The sum total of religion is to feel that, in its highest unity, all that moves us in feeling is one; to feel that aught single and particular is only possible by means of this unity; to feel, that is to say, that our being and living is a being and living in and through God.

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Wayne Proudfoot is Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

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