Religious Experience and the Knowledge of God: The Evidential Force of Divine Encounters

Religious Experience and the Knowledge of God: The Evidential Force of Divine Encounters

by Harold A. Netland

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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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ISBN-13: 9781493434893
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288

About the Author

Harold A. Netland (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He previously served as a missionary in Japan and taught at Tokyo Christian University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Christianity and Religious Diversity, Encountering Religious Pluralism, and Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal. He is also the coeditor of Globalizing Theology and Handbook of Religion.

Table of Contents

1. Religious Experience: Mapping the Conceptual Territory
2. Religious Experience and Interpretation
3. The Critical-Trust Approach
4. Edwards and Wesley on Experiencing God
5. Experiencing God, Basic Beliefs, and the Holy Spirit
6. Mysticism
7. Theistic Experiences and Religious Diversity

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