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High on God: Religious Experience and Counter-Experience in Light of the Study of Religion

Theology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
Religions 2020, 11(8), 388; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080388
Received: 18 June 2020 / Revised: 23 July 2020 / Accepted: 24 July 2020 / Published: 28 July 2020
Taking as its foundation a religious experience of my own, this paper explores the impact of the study of religion on the interpretation and significance of experience. My experience will be analyzed in relation to the work of William James, followed by a movement into neuroscientific research on null experiences, before turning to philosophic and theological treatments of experience in Nishida Kitaro and Meister Eckhart especially. These accounts of religious experience are then explored in terms of the potential connection they suggest with drug use in and out of religious settings. Finally, I will turn to a fundamental questioning of experience as seen in the work of Martin Heidegger and Jean-Luc Marion, all of which sets up a tentative conclusion regarding our approach to religious experience, whether as an object of study or our own. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious experience; William James; Jean-Luc Marion; counter-experience; Martin Heidegger; drug use religious experience; William James; Jean-Luc Marion; counter-experience; Martin Heidegger; drug use
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Kruger, M.C. High on God: Religious Experience and Counter-Experience in Light of the Study of Religion. Religions 2020, 11, 388. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080388

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Kruger MC. High on God: Religious Experience and Counter-Experience in Light of the Study of Religion. Religions. 2020; 11(8):388. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080388

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Kruger, Matthew C. 2020. "High on God: Religious Experience and Counter-Experience in Light of the Study of Religion" Religions 11, no. 8: 388. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080388

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