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
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Noetic quality- is a state which allows revelations or insight into the depth of truths. Transiency- a brief experience but has a profoundly significant effect. Passivity is the feeling of being taken over by a superior control.

F.C Happold identifies another three characteristics of the mystical experiences. Firstly, consciousness of the ones of everything – this unity can be both extroversive, where external sense impressions are left behind, or extroversive, where the person reports that he feels a part of everything. Sense of timelessness-The subject feels beyond past, present and future, and beyond ordinary three dimensional spaces in a realm of eternity of infinity. The understanding that the ego is not the real ‘I’: This seems to be a sense that there is an unchanging self that is immoral and that lies behind the usual experience of self.
E.g. Jacob Boehme (1575-1624), a Christian Protestant. His first mystical experience was at 25 years. He was sitting one day in his room, his eyes fell upon a burnished pewter dish, which reflected he sunshine with such marvellous spender that he fell into an inward ecstasy and it seemed to him as if he could look into deepest foundations of things. He said nothing to anyone but praised and thanked God in silence.

However Richard Dawkins, in his book, The God delusion, He said a

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