Ineffability and Religious Experience

This is the first book to engage with the concept of ineffability within contemporary philosophy of religion and provides a starting point for further scholarly debate.

Author: Guy Bennett-Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317318095

Category: Philosophy

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Ineffability – that which cannot be explained in words – lies at the heart of the Christian mystical tradition. This is the first book to engage with the concept of ineffability within contemporary philosophy of religion and provides a starting point for further scholarly debate.
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Religious Experience

Furthermore, to take seriously the mystic's claim that his experience is absolutely ineffable would be to credit him with a knowledge of all possible grammatical and symbolic devices. The experience might be ineffable with respect to ...

Author: Wayne Proudfoot

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520908505

Category: Religion

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How is religious experience to be identified, described, analyzed and explained? Is it independent of concepts, beliefs, and practices? How can we account for its authority? Under what conditions might a person identify his or her experience as religious? Wayne Proudfoot shows that concepts, beliefs, and linguistic practices are presupposed by the rules governing this identification of an experience as religious. Some of these characteristics can be understood by attending to the conditions of experience, among which are beliefs about how experience is to be explained.
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The Epistemology of Religious Experience

3 The outlines of ineffability THE NOTION OF INEFFABILITY There is a brief argument for the claim that religious experience cannot be a source of evidence for religious belief . The argument goes like this : ( 1 ) If religious ...

Author: Keith E. Yandell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521477417

Category: Philosophy

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Arguing against the notion that religious experience is ineffable, while advocating the view that it can provide evidence of God's existence, this text contends that social science and nonreligious explanations of religious belief and experience do not cancel out the force of the experience.
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Ineffability and Religious Experience

But, despite this, the logical implications of the notion of ineffability for religious experience, language and practice have not been explicitly and systematically thought through.

Author: Guy Bennett-Hunter

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The notion of ineffability (of that which is, in principle, resistant to conceptual formulation and therefore literal linguistic articulation) has been largely ignored by philosophers. The notion is clearly a central one in the Christian mystical tradition and in more recent apophatic theological developments. Mid-twentieth-century philosophical discussions of mysticism invoked the idea and a number of phenomenologists share a sense that the meaningful human world is answerable to some 'background' that is inarticulable and mysterious. But, despite this, the logical implications of the notion of ineffability for religious experience, language and practice have not been explicitly and systematically thought through. This thesis, restricted to a dual focus on twentieth-century and contemporary philosophy and on the Christian religion, attempts to address this neglect. After reviewing the philosophical, and some theological, literature on the notion of ineffability in religion, this thesis identifies a philosophical tension between the notions of 'ineffability' and 'answerability', between the idea that the ineffable is beyond conceptualization and that some kind of experience, language or practice connected with it is required if the notion is to be meaningfully invoked, let alone (as in a religious context) serve as the measure for the meaning of the human world. In this connexion, the meaning of the word 'God' is interpreted as a reference to the concept of ineffability. A recent philosophical defence of the concept is endorsed which, rooted in existential phenomenology and Heidegger's later philosophy, resolves this tension. The detail of theological attempts, by Paul Tillich and John Macquarrie, to accommodate this line of thought as directly inherited from the phenomenologists (especially Heidegger) is examined and criticized, as, eventually, is a more promising theological possibility represented by the neglected philosophy of Karl Jaspers. The rational status of existential phenomenology (its relation to discourse conditioned by the subject-object dichotomy) is examined more closely in the light of the latter criticism. It is concluded that phenomenology's specifically philosophical way of evoking the ineffable is necessarily that of a rationally-based dialectic. The final chapter points to spheres outside philosophy, aesthetic and ritual, which cultivate the experience of the ineffable without such dialectic. It offers an 'aesthetic account of ritual meaning' and concludes by showing how the Eucharistic rite can be philosophically understood as a vehicle for religious experience and expression - the evocation and invocation of the ineffable God.
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Religious Experience

This book is about that idea of religious experience which has been so influential in religious thought and the study of religion in the past two centuries.

Author: Wayne Proudfoot

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520061286

Category: Religion

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How is religious experience to be identified, described, analyzed and explained? Is it independent of concepts, beliefs, and practices? How can we account for its authority? Under what conditions might a person identify his or her experience as religious? Wayne Proudfoot shows that concepts, beliefs, and linguistic practices are presupposed by the rules governing this identification of an experience as religious. Some of these characteristics can be understood by attending to the conditions of experience, among which are beliefs about how experience is to be explained.
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SCM Studyguide to Religious and Spiritual Experience

of the term either to a religious experience or to its object; as it would seem to create a contradiction in terms. As Augustine put it, 'if that is ineffable which cannot be spoken, then that is not ineffable which is called ineffable' ...

Author: Jeff Astley

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 9780334057963

Category: Religion

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Spiritual, religious, sacred, or mystical experiences may be broadly defined as subjective human experiences that appear to the person undergoing them, or to others, to convey or imply contact with or knowledge about a transcendent power, presence, or superior reality beyond the realm of the physical. Research has shown that these forms of awareness of ‘something beyond’ are of considerable significance in the ordinary lives of very many people, as well as being elements of signal importance in the origin and development of religion: not least by deepening characteristically spiritual or religious attitudes, emotions, beliefs, values and practices, along with fundamental orientations of life and quests for meaning. This Studyguide provides a succinct and lucid introduction to the subject for those studying religion at both undergraduate and GCE AS/A level. By exploring the key areas of both the empirical and theoretical study of religious and spiritual experience, the Studyguide will serve as an accessible and nonpartisan guide to enable its readers to explore the range of challenging data, debates, approaches, and issues that relate to the study of this widespread and significant phenomenon.
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Ineffability An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion

Similarly, in the fourth chapter by Jonathan Bellman, affective aspects of human experience, especially religious experience, can be conveyed via the expressive capacities of music, making ineffability here a failure of language but not ...

Author: Timothy D. Knepper

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319641652

Category: Philosophy

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This collection of essays is an exercise in comparative philosophy of religion that explores the different ways in which humans express the inexpressible. It brings together scholars of over a dozen religious, literary, and artistic traditions, as part of The Comparison Project's 2013-15 lecture and dialogue series on "religion beyond words." Specialist scholars first detailed the grammars of ineffability in nine different religious traditions as well as the adjacent fields of literature, poetry, music, and art. The Comparison Project's directors then compared this diverse set of phenomena, offering explanations for their patterning, and raising philosophical questions of truth and value about religious ineffability in comparative perspective. This book is the inaugural publication of The Comparison Project, an innovative new approach to the philosophy of religion housed at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa, USA). The Comparison Project organizes a biennial series of scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and comparative panels about core, cross-cultural topics in the philosophy of religion. Specialist scholars of religion first explore this topic in their religions of expertise; comparativist philosophers of religion then raise questions of meaning, truth, and value about this topic in comparative perspective. The Comparison Project stands apart from traditional approaches to the philosophy of religion in its commitment to religious inclusivity. It is the future of the philosophy of religion in a diverse, global world.
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Mystical Experience and Religious Doctrine

An Investigation of the Study of Mysticism in World Religions Philip C. Almond ... The question of the meaning of 'ineffability' with reference to mystical experience is a most bedevilling one and therefore a number of clarificatory ...

Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110823981

Category: Religion

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Sinceits founding by Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, Religion and Reason has been a leading forum for contributions on theories, theoretical issues and agendas related to the phenomenon and the study of religion. Topics include (among others) category formation, comparison, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, methodology, myth, phenomenology, philosophy of science, scientific atheism, structuralism, and theories of religion. From time to time the series publishes volumes that map the state of the art and the history of the discipline.
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Religious Experience and the Knowledge of God

James sets out “four marks” characterizing mystical experience, with the first two being the most significant. The first is ineffability. A mystical experience “defies expression” so that “no adequate report of its contents can be given ...

Author: Harold A. Netland

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493434893

Category: Religion

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For many Christians, personal experiences of God provide an important ground or justification for accepting the truth of the gospel. But we are sometimes mistaken about our experiences, and followers of other religions also provide impressive testimonies to support their religious beliefs. This book explores from a philosophical and theological perspective the viability of divine encounters as support for belief in God, arguing that some religious experiences can be accepted as genuine experiences of God and can provide evidence for Christian beliefs.
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William James on Religion

Contrary tononreligious experiences, therethusisa solipsisticquality to religious experiences. The question iswhat the consequences areforthe truthvalue of religious propositions if they are based on theseineffable experiences ...

Author: H. Rydenfelt

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137317353

Category: Philosophy

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A team of international experts present a collection of articles on William James's philosophy of religion and its current relevance. A new look at his philosophy of religion is crucially important for the development of this field of inquiry today.
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