This clearly presented study examines the nature of religious experiences, and asks whether they can be used as evidence for religious beliefs. The author discusses important philosophical issues raised by religious experience, such as the role of models and metaphors in their description, and the way experiences in general are used as evidence for claims about the world. Using contemporary and classic sources from the world's religions, the
author gives an account of different types of religious experience. She also draws extensively on psychological, sociological, and philosophical literature to meet sceptical challenges, and concludes that, like most experiences, they are most effective as evidence within an argument which combines
evidence from a wide range of sources.
'it marshals a considerable body of evidence from various disciplines, particularly psychology, in an admirably succinct way, within a clear framework'
Times Higher Education Supplement
'There is care and intelligence, even-handedness and discrimination, in this book.'
Nicholas Lash, University of Cambridge, Theology
'extensive and impressive work'
Theological Book Review
'This is a lucidly written book that makes a valuable and needed contribution to the philosophy of religion.'
H.P. Owen, Journal of Religious Studies, 26
'there is something refreshing about Davis' elegantly written text ... she addresses a variety of topics in an evenhanded and clear way'
J.A. Colombo, University of San Diego, Theological Studies
'It is an excellent piece of philosophical analysis, combining careful conceptual reflection with a review of relevant material from the fields of cognitive and social psychology. Franks Davis is to be praised for drawing attention to the complexity of these appraisals; perhaps her book will serve as a stepping stone to a full response to the cumulative counter-explanation challenge.'
Douglas Chismar, Ashland University, Faith and Philosophy
Introduction; Some presuppositions; Religious experience; Arguments from religious experience; A cumulative case; Challenges to religious experience; Experience and interpretation; The conflicting claims challenge; The reductionist challenge; Towards a cumulative case for Theism
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 3rd August 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.45
Weight (kg): 0.5