Religious Experience OCR

Candidates should be able to demonstrate
knowledge and understanding of the following in
relation to God and religious belief:
• arguments from religious experience from
William James;
• the aims and main conclusions drawn by
William James in The Varieties of Religious
Experience;
• the following different forms of religious
experience: visions, voices, ‘numinous’
experience, conversion experience, corporate
religious experience;
• the concept of revelation through sacred
writings.
Candidates should be able to discuss these
areas critically and their strengths and
weaknesses.

Questions on the topic usually take one of two distinct types: either analysis of one form of religious experience such as visions, or a broader question asking for a general critical assessment of arguments from religious experience. The revelation topic is slightly different and  generally questions focus on analysis of how God might be revealed in scripture.

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