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Analyse the key concepts of religious experience as an argument for the existence of God and evaluate the view that the argument supports the probability of the existence of God

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Analyse the key concepts of religious experience as an argument for the existence of God and evaluate the view that the argument supports the probability of the existence of God A key concept of religious experience is it being an "a posteriori" argument. Working from God to God, the nature then of the argument observes the direct experience from God. This proves a key concept in arguing for Gods existence, as if God manifests himself in this way then it cannot be possible to deny him. Another key concept which argues for the existence of God is that he is experienced. This shows there is a spiritual change which offers a religious dimension. Furthermore when regarding religious experience, we do not all share the same object of our experience as we may with viewing a physical object , which shows that "an encounter with the divine," is more than just an ordinary experience. ...read more.

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Swinburnes other principle, the principle of testimony is another concept which argues for the existence of God. This explains how our knowledge of a person influences our judgment on their claim for religious experience. If they are known to be honest and trustworthy, we would see them as a more reliable source. A concept of religious experience is the sense of something numinous, where the believer can feel the presence of something powerful. People who have claimed to have encountered God usually say that during this experience they have felt drawn into a deeper knowledge or awareness of god. Surely then, if there is a common feeling from the recipients of god revealing himself, it is more likely that has done than not. Religious experiences are subjective so we cannot carry out objective experiments to determine the truth whether God has in fact been revealed. Religious experiences are ambiguous and the nature of the the argument depends largely on our presuppositions, so in supporting the probability of God, it is very much down to the interpreter. ...read more.

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how can we come across him in an analogous way. It is this problem why religious experiences cannot be taken as arguing for the existence of God. A further problem experiencing God is whether he can be recognised. If God is said to be the creator, eternal, omnipresent, then how can those attributes be recognised. In assessing religious experience as an argument for the existence of God, we can conclude that the argument is not definite in proving Gods existence. There is always a dilemma on defining who has encountered God, as the experience can be subjective or objective. Whether God causes religious experiences is also dependent to the individual's pre-suppositions. If we are to accept claims to religious experience, we must take in account their mental and psychological health, their nature, and the closeness to encountering a God with a similar character. Some argue that the origin of an experience is in fact irrelevant, that the source may be a religious interpretation. Lastly, it can only give a probable God hypothesis, as an "a posteriori," argument which is subjective. ...read more.

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