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Mysticism and Religious Experience

Jerome Gellman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195138092
eISBN:
9780199835348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138090.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses (1) wide and narrow definitions of “mystical experience” and of “religious experience”; (2) categories and attributes of mystical experience; (3) perennialism vs. ... More


Reading Mystics: Text, Community, Experience

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter shifts from looking at individual mystics to the broader question of the nature and varieties of mysticism. It takes up theoretical issues and examines key threads in the century-long ... More


Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Paul Marshall

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199279432
eISBN:
9780191603440
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279438.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The present study is devoted to mystical experiences of the natural world and the disparate ways in which they have been explained. Typically, these so-called ‘extrovertive mystical experiences’ are ... More


Introduction

Paul Marshall

in Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199279432
eISBN:
9780191603440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279438.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter sets the scene for the two major topics under investigation, extrovertive mystical experiences (Part I), and their explanation (Part II). The experiences are introduced by means of some ... More


Mystics

William Harmless

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Mystics are path-breaking religious practitioners who claim to have experience of the infinite, word-defying mystery that is God. Many have been gifted writers with an uncanny ability to communicate ... More


 Conclusions: Mysticism, Metaphysics, and the Limitations of Beit El Kabbalah

Pinchas Giller

in Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195328806
eISBN:
9780199870196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328806.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a combination of a historical survey of a kabbalistic school and a study of a “lived tradition” that is, a living community of Kabbalists. Beit El has maintained a direct historical link ... More


Mystical Identity and Scriptural Justification

Shlomo Biderman

in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195097030
eISBN:
9780199848805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

What are we to make of a mystic who is trying to reach or convey a unique mystical experience and, at the same time, to base this unique experience on the shared texts of religious tradition? This ... More


Religious Experience

Caroline Franks Davis

in The Evidential Force of Religious Experience

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198250012
eISBN:
9780191681233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250012.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Proponents of arguments from religious experience often succumb to the demand to provide a brief, precise definition of ‘religious experience’. To widen the definition to include all experiences ... More


The Conflicting Claims Challenge

Caroline Franks Davis

in The Evidential Force of Religious Experience

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198250012
eISBN:
9780191681233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250012.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The great diversity of religious experiential claims gives rise to two powerful challenges to religious experience. Firstly, the challenge that since subjects cannot agree on a description of the ... More


A Theology Called Mystical: Jean Gerson and William James

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter discusses two theorists of mysticism, Jean Gerson (1363–1429) and William James (1842–1910). Gerson, the great fifteenth-century churchman and theologian, provides a way to begin to ... More


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