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From the Outside Looking In(wards): Reconciling Claims of Intrapersonal Religious Experiences with Cross-Checking Procedures
February 28, 2011 Leave a comment
A modified and slightly expanded version of this post can be found here at the UNFSPB.
I shall argue here that there is indeed a possible reconciliation between transcendent religious experiences and philosophical skepticism. What I propose is that any attempt to utilize intrapersonal religious experiences in order to justify or prove a specific religious position interpersonally must necessarily fail by virtue of a fundamental disconnect. What’s more, the poverty of cross-checking when applied to transcendent religious experiences is not surprising given the very content of such experiences. By attempting to use the personal to prove the general, the intrapersonal to prove the interpersonal, the profundity of the religious experience is lost and becomes fodder for philosophical skeptics. First I shall begin by discussing the type of transcendent religious experience to which I am referring and by citing specific examples. After that I shall introduce the current discussion surrounding the veracity of religious experiences that has carried on between authors such as Alston and Fales, paying specific attention to the concept of cross-checking. From there I shall argue how, based on the intrapersonal nature of these transcendent religious experiences, cross-checking must be re-evaluated as a verification tool. Read more…