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Arguments against Mystical religious experience

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Arguments against Mystical religious experience Psychological and neurological argument Psychologists have been trying to reason and interpret mystical experiences, using people suffering from epilepsy. This is because there are parallels between the epileptic and religious personalities. This is not the same as saying epilepsy causes mystical experiences, as there are some epileptics that have terrifying and agonising experiences in attacks while in contrast others have ecstatic and heavenly experiences during their attacks. Some psychologists analysed this theory of attaching epilepsy to mystical experiences: W Hellpach commented on religious believers and epileptic patients. Defining the differences that true spirituality has beneficial effects on behaviours and way of thinking. V fleck analysed that true religious devotion was more common in epileptic patients than in the population as a whole. ...read more.


Many respected neurologists have observed: * Dewhurst Beard-temporal lobe epilepsy patients show an interest in religion after the onset of their condition. * N Geschwind- observed a tendency towards matters religious and philosophical after the start of temporal lobe epilepsy. * M Persinger-mystical or religious experiences occur at the same time as micro-seizures in the temporal lobes of the brain. This reaction of brain cells could subject thoughts towards religious experiences. What is the value of this argument? For me I think that this argument does have value, I think that religious experiences can just be reactions within the brain. It is the best way to rationalise a mystical or religious experience. The EEG readings show that the brain gets more exited during the twilight stages of an epileptic shock, which shows that it could be a reaction within the brain causing these experiences. ...read more.


Most observers suggest that mystical experiences vary only superficially. The aspects of each one are selected from a set of aspects which can be common to any mystical experience. However, mystics believe that the source of their experiences is from god themselves. Monotheistic religions see the norm as being godly in both cases. There are activities that people have claimed to open a doorway to mystical experiences, these activities included: prayer and fasting, faith, grace, fasting, sex, fear of death and drugs. Although, it is accepted that a mystical experience can appear completely out of the blue, for no apparent reason. What is the value of this argument? I Think his argument does have value but I wouldn't say it is directly against mystical and religious experiences. It says that if the mind and body is in the right state then a religious experience may happen. This could be because the particpant ...read more.

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