Personal and/or Religious Experience Is Particularly Revealing for Developing a Fuller Understanding or Ourselves and/God? (50))

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| Personal and/or religious experience is particularly revealing for developing a fuller understanding or ourselves and/God? (35) Examine and comment on this claim with reference to the topic you have investigated? (15) “There is no single thing that can be bottled and neatly labelled as a religious experience”-Harvey. A religious experience is an outward encounter with something divine also known as God. This experience is set apart from any other experience as it is based on religious context. It is the contact of feeling something far greater than one’s self “connection with holiness”. It seems to happen at any time and it is described as likewise being in ‘another dimension’- as one perceive themselves unaware of their…show more content…
Dawkins argues the point that religious experiences are simply illusionary, as a God objectively that communicates with us. E.g. through hearing voices are completely false. He also believed that religious experiences are similar to being psychotic. To illustrate his point; “If someone told you they heard someone who they could not see speaking to them, we would call them mad. But if they said it was God, we would call them religious”. Dawkins uses examples of the ‘Manx shearwater’ (devil bird) and the evolution mask by Einstein He religious experiences are false and that they give us knowledge about ourselves and not God. If our brains and eyes cannot see the reality of a mask that seems to be hollow how we are able to perceive what is known to be a religious experience. It’s all in the mind. Conversion is a “change of direction” or “to turn around”, there are here types of conversion, from religion to faith, e.g. St Paul on his way to Damascus, Paul was an apostle (follower) of Jesus, who converted to Christianity after Jesus' death by crucifixion, and there is no evidence he ever personally met Jesus when he was alive. According to Rambo and Farhadian 7 stages of conversion, only a few apply to Saul’s conversion. Paul was originally known as Saul of Tarsus, and a rabid persecutor of Christians. On the road to Damascus, he is said to have been visited by the resurrected Jesus, and struck blind. After his vision cleared Saul took the

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