Religious Experience OCR

Candidates should be able to demonstrate
knowledge and understanding of the following in
relation to God and religious belief:
• arguments from religious experience from
William James;
• the aims and main conclusions drawn by
William James in The Varieties of Religious
• the following different forms of religious
experience: visions, voices, ‘numinous’
experience, conversion experience, corporate
religious experience;
• the concept of revelation through sacred
Candidates should be able to discuss these
areas critically and their strengths and

Questions on the topic usually take one of two distinct types: either analysis of one form of religious experience such as visions, or a broader question asking for a general critical assessment of arguments from religious experience. The revelation topic is slightly different and  generally questions focus on analysis of how God might be revealed in scripture.

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