An Introduction to Religious and Spiritual Experience by Marianne Rankin

By Marianne Rankin

This complete new creation seems to be at non secular stories from prior to offer, from the stories of the founders of the main global non secular traditions to occasions within the lives of normal buyers. Mystical and close to dying reports are integrated. Examples are drawn from quite a few assets, together with unique money owed from the Alister Hardy non secular adventure study Centre Archive on the collage of Wales, Lampeter in addition to many given to the writer in individual.

Interpretations of those stories stick with, from non secular, philosophical and clinical viewpoints. quite a few questions are thought of. Is there a typical center to religious adventure? Do those reports supply facts of the lifestyles of God or of the opportunity of survival of loss of life?

This attention-grabbing paintings concludes with an assessment of what might be realized approximately awareness, faith and what it truly is to be human.

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He saw such an experience as indicating a sense of expansion of the self, offering an understanding of the ultimate unity of all things and leading to personal growth and fulfilment, with no need for a religious context or spiritual interpretation. In his view everyone could and should be encouraged to cultivate such experiences for their therapeutic value. Limit Experience Revd. Dr. Andrew Greeley, researching in the USA, used the term Limit Experience to indicate that these experiences point ‘towards a limit or horizon of life’ while hinting that there may be something beyond this horizon.

However, the experience might bring awareness of dissatisfaction with the everyday, triggering spiritual unrest and leading to a spiritual search. This category is perhaps the most numerous, in that many people do not in fact find that the experiences are limited to any particular religious tradition. Some people are concerned to stress that their experiences are not religious but spiritual, My experience occurred when I was a child between ten and eleven years of age. Each day I was drawn to stand at a bedroom window at the back of our family terraced house in Pont-y-moel.

Although it is evident that prosperity has not dispelled religion, Liberation Theology which began in Latin America, maintains that the insights gained from Marx on power and aggression are still relevant. The analysis is that developed countries are kept rich by the poor remaining oppressed and that Christians need to become engaged in the struggle to change this. Humanism There are many different humanisms: Christian, Cultural, Literary, Modern, Philosophical, Renaissance, Religious and Secular.

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