Religious Experience

  1. What are the premises for Swinburne's perspective for Religious Experiences?
    • 1.) Some people claim to have a Religious Experience.
    • 2.) These people are trustworthy, therefore, there is no reason to doubt their experiences.
    • 3.) Only a deity (God) could cause these experiences.
  2. What is Swinburne's conclusion on Religious Experiences?
    Therefore God exists to have caused these Religious Experiences.
  3. What are the three premises for Freud's argument against Religious Experiences?
    • 1.) All of humanity suffers from the Oedipus Complex, in which they bury traumatic ambivalent feelings towards their father in their subconscious.
    • 2.) These traumatic experiences can be expressed in later life through neurosis, in which people engage in ritualistic behaviour, which only has meaning to them.
    • 3.) Religious people engage in ritualistic behaviour which only has meaning to them.
  4. What is Freud's intermediate conclusion against Religious Experience?
    Therefore Religious belief is the result of buried trauma.
  5. What is the conclusion for Freud's argument against Religious Experience?
    Therefore God doesn't exist to have caused Religious Experiences.
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Religious Experience
Arguments for and against religious experience - A-Level religious studies