Examine the different forms of religious experience

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Examine the variety of forms of religious experience (30)

There are three main forms of Religious Experience, visions, conversions and mysticism. There are different types of visions as is the form in which they present themselves from group visions (angel of mons) to imaginative and corporeal visions.  

One example of an individual vision however whereby the form was a religious figure was St Teresa d’Avila. This nun’s most famous vision was on an angel who was holding a long spear at the end of which was something like a fire. This seemed to pierce her heart several times and when it was withdrawn it left her completely alive with a great love for God.  In contrast to this vision where the form was a religious one, one could experience an image or event in which there is a message, for example St Peter in acts 10 when a large sheet descended upon him containing a list of all kinds of animals and birds he should kill and eat. When St Peter refused, the voice told him that he should not call anything impure that God has made clean and Peter then realised that the point of this religious experience was that he could eat with a Gentile.

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Another form of religious experience is conversion, whether this be a sudden conversion like St Paul on the road to Damascus   “..suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

or a gradual moral conversion like the reformed gangster John Pridmore whose ‘self-surrendering’ and active search for the divine  and willingness to leave his former corrupt life behind  led to his conversion.  Furthermore, one may go like St Paul converting from one faith to another or in the case of ...

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