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AuthorMunson, Thomas N. author
TitleReligious Consciousness and Experience [electronic resource] / by Thomas N. Munson
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1975
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Descript VIII, 189 p. online resource


It is one of the ironies of our times that, as the practise of religion wanes, a theoretical interest in it on the part of many anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists and philosophers waxes. Among these, only philosophers bring to their task a long history of theological and reliยญ gious relations. Hence their renewed interest has been hailed as a breakยญ down of isolationism, heralding, perhaps, a new era of interdisciplinary peace. To celebrate this new ecumenism, a Chicago seminary, consisยญ tently with its purpose, sponsored a colloquium to explore the future of philosophical theology. If some of its participating professional philosophers initially felt a twinge of embarrassment over their presence at an ostensibly theological meeting, they soon were at ease. No one was called upon to define the topic, or even to suggest its relationship to a philosophy of religion. Conveniently, everyone could role up his sleeves and get to work on a job he personally felt needed doing. Can we wonder that the lay observer appeared somewhat confused? Was the purpose to analyze "God talk," or to find a place for 'God' in a metaphysical scheme? Or if not these, something else? It soon became evident that the participants in the colloquium ranged from the free swinger to the severely inhibited, depending upon the role each assigned to dogma and creed


1. Experience and History -- 2. Religious Experience in History -- 3. Silence: The Matrix of Experiencing -- 4. The Experiencing of Consciousness as Freedom -- 5. Religious Experience and Truth -- 6. The Aesthetic Element of Experience

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