Religious Experience

Mollie Bedford
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A Level Philosophy (Religious Experience) Mind Map on Religious Experience, created by Mollie Bedford on 02/09/2015.

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Religious Experience
1 The Principle of Credulity
1.1 Swinburne's Argument
1.2 If it seems to a subject that 'x' is present, then 'x' is probably present
1.2.1 It is reasonable to believe that the world is probably as we percieve it to be This is a realist position
1.3 Counter - Atheists experience the absence of God, so the world is probably Godless
1.3.1 Counter Counter - This assumes that if God existed Atheists would experience God, but this may not be the case
2 Artificial Religious Experiences
2.1 The brain can be stimulated to produce religious experiences
2.2 Temporal Lobes - stimulation here can provoke religious experiences
2.3 However...
2.3.1 Does this mean that experiences of God are false (just due to false signals in the brain)?
2.3.2 Or is provoking a response from the temporal lobe a way of connecting to God?
3 Conflicting Religous Experiences
3.1 Different Religions have different Religious Experiences
3.1.1 They cannot all be valid due to inconsistenties
4 The Subjectivity of Experience
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