- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
On Religious Experience
On Religious Experience
- (p.101) 18 On Religious Experience
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author comments on the religious experiences of his fellow attendees at the “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007. Many of his fellow skeptics and atheists are entirely dismissive of religious experiences, especially when they are used as evidence for God. While he agrees with them that such things have no apologetic value, he believes that experiences with the power to so transform a person's life are not to be dismissed lightly. It is often said that experience is the true wellspring of religion, with the churches and dogmas being secondary or even harmful. This idea was eloquently explained in 1932 by theologian Harry Emerson Fosdick. The author also considers the notion of a parallel between mystical perception and sense perception by citing the views of John Wesley. He argues that it is important to distinguish the true mystical perceptions from the false ones if we are to admit religious experience as evidence for God.
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