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    Edexcel a2 re, outline the main features of the argument for religious experience. I got a good mark i class but theres no clear explanation on how to write one so i was wondering if someone could read it and mark it as an answer to the part (a section out of 18.

    Religious experience is a subjective, non-empirical, mental event experienced within a religious framework. Three core types of experience are mysticism, conversions and visions and are broadly to prove God on the grounds that we can only perceive that which exists. However it has been more specifically used to support Swinburne's principles, the cumulative argument and transformative argument.
    Mysticism derives from the Greek "mu" meaning to close or to hide and is described in Teasdall's mystic heart as an "direct experience of ultimate reality". This sudden realisation or "altered state of consciousness" is common across all forms of mysticism, inducing feelings of unity which words cannot express. These experiences can be both theistic and monistic, as well as extrovertive and intorvertive - but are most commonly characterised by James as an event which ineffable, noetic, transient and passive. Accounts of this have also served as a backbone for the cumulative argument on the basis of Swinburne's principles of credulity and testimony. Swinburne argues that we should treat every account as true unless there are strong reasons to the contrary (testimony) and that each account happened the way it was reported (credible) as "the way things seem is the way things are". On these grounds all accounts of mysticism are true, and thus bolsters the cumulative argument - which argues that no single argument alone is proof but in conjunction point towards a probable conclusion. This is reflected in the leaky bucket analogy; where if leaky buckets are stacked within each other the holes eventually close. In this context the buckets are the vast accounts of credible mystical accounts, and by their sheer volume, no matter how weak they are they validate God through size.
    Another key concept of mysticism is conversions; a religious or numinous experience which transforms one's belief, for example from atheism to theism. Starbuck holds that these arise from social and moral conflict and can be either voluntary or involuntary such as St Paul on the road to Damascus in acts 9. This can also be induced by a near death experience as they are both commonly associated with sensations of guilt and revelation but have been drawn on as an authority of proof, due to the authority it has over the individual. perception is the best way of knowing and that the virtue of experience a religious experience empirically proves it - " that which produces effects within another reality must be a reality in itself". Conversion experience completely reshape peoples perspectives and inform the rest of their lives, for example Nicky Cruz, and thus this power to completely alter individuals can only point towards a divine power.
    Finally another key idea of religious experience is visions; something that is seen other than by ordinary sight, revealing previously unknown knowledge. These can be group, individual, corporate or imaginative but are all characterised by the revealing of God given truths where God communicates through a human (propositional) or through said experience (non-propositional). These experiences have caused a lack of self control such as the Toronto blessing but have pointed towards God due to their a posteriori nature. Religous experience is derived from factual accounts and thus can draw concrete conclusions from premises.
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    Edexcel a2 re, outline the main features of the argument for religious experience. I got a good mark i class but theres no clear explanation on how to write one so i was wondering if someone could read it and mark it as an answer to the part (a section out of 18.
    Finally another key idea of religious experience is visions; something that is seen other than by ordinary sight, revealing previously unknown knowledge. These can be group, individual, corporate or imaginative but are all characterised by the revealing of God given truths where God communicates through a human (propositional) or through said experience (non-propositional). These experiences have caused a lack of self control such as the Toronto blessing but have pointed towards God due to their a posteriori nature. Religous experience is derived from factual accounts and thus can draw concrete conclusions from premises.
    You can simply check out MavenWriters for help. They happen to specialize on this discipline, and especially this particular topic
 
 
 
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