Sample paper for 2009 version 2007 Analyse the argument for the existence of God from religious experience

Analyse the argument for the existence of God from religious experience. [18]

The argument from experiences of God to the existence of god.

What is a religious experience?

Examples

Features

Why regarded as good argument even proof

A posteriori – evidence based

Inductive

Synthetic

On the other hand

    Evidence influenced by cultural familiarity – bliks / memes

    Evidence can be misinterpreted – alcohol, starvation, drugs, neurological… Russell… (snakes)

 

‘The argument for the existence of God will result in valid reasons to believe in God.’ Assess this claim.

 

Does it?

Yes – Swinburne – God will seek to interact…

No – there is no god so…

Yes – many testimonies can all be wrong?

Principles of C+ T – experience of x indicates the existence of God

No – not always!!

Hume – arguments against miracles … valid here!

 

 

Atheist never convinced unless happens to them

Effect on life that must convince…

 


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