Philosophy AO1 Question
AO1) Explain the argument from religious experience for the existence of God. (30 marks)
A religious experience can be defined as an experience of supernatural that draws a person into closer awareness and knowledge of the divine, and may take place spontaneously. There are different forms of the argument from religious experience which in turn, helps prove the existence of god.
The Inductive argument refers to any general characteristics of a religious experience, identified by William James. James notes four characteristics of these experiences – Ineffability, meaning the experience may be so overwhelming for the person that it is impossible for them to describe it verbally; an example of Ineffability includes the statements from St. Teresa of Avila where she struggled to fully describe her experience with God. “O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state!” she states.