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THE EXPERIENCE THAT LEADS TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF

Caroline McLeod

’17, Covenant College

Abstract:

In this paper, I address the issue of whether religious experience can warrant theistic, specifically Christian, belief, in opposition to the evidentialist objection to religious belief. 2,719 more words

Epistemology

"Scripture Is The Only Valid Form Of Revelation" Discuss (35 Marks)

“Scripture Is The Only Valid Form Of Revelation” Discuss (35 Marks)

A revelation is often referred to as “a divine disclosure, whereby God reveals Himself in some way to a person”. 1,660 more words

Music and the Divine

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” -Martin Luther

When I lie in bed at night to go to sleep, I often listen to music.

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屬於普羅大眾的福音

我以書寫為志,也因此我選擇了教會聖師、以福傳寫作聞名的聖方濟沙雷氏為我的主保聖人,學習以深入淺出的語言,向普羅大眾談論信仰。

我沒受過正式神學訓練,基本上我靠「宗教經驗」,再加上公餘閱讀神學著作和教會典籍,並賴聖神與前人的助佑,來建立我的「神學」。說到底,其實我沒有神學,基督信仰也不應是神學,也毋分什麼什麼主義或派別。

宗教信仰是一種經驗,永遠是以經驗為先,那好比一道門,透過它來進入一種信仰。神學有特權,經驗沒有特權。一個目不識丁的瞎子得到耶穌醫治,還向著當時的權貴見證耶穌醫好了他;他什麼也不懂,但真實經驗了耶穌如何開了他的眼。

以我所遇見普通的信徒朋友,神學知識多使人有愧,因為他們覺得神學艱澀,「上帝」很難明白,自己很笨,很膚淺,沒長進。所以我想告訴這類困頓的朋友,與耶穌相遇,先決條件不是「神學」知識。

人生經驗是大家共同享有的,生老病死,七情六慾,瞎的必然想看見,癱的必然想再次活動自如,垂死的想見到希望,痛苦的也想知道生存意義⋯⋯不是有神學知識的,才懂得說耶穌是誰。

神學,甚至乎聖經,本應是幫助人認識基督的,但現在神學和聖經知識成為了平信徒與上帝之間的阻礙。例如網上基督徒圈子的神學討論,實在離普通信徒很遠,參與討論的總是某一類人;而有神學知識的,又可能不懂向普通信眾論說耶穌。

基督教信仰的傳承,其實不外乎見證,講台上的人,通常講的是神學知識,像上宗教哲學課,而不是在見證基督。或許這是心態上需要調整的。若要見證基督,必先要自己在生活裡親遇基督,要相信、也明白祂在做什麼,祂如何與這世界同在。


宗徒們在他們的人生中親身認識了基督,和他走過了整段傳道以至被釘死復活的日子,獲得啟示,便開始熱心地向會眾講道。他們在見證這位默西亞,以及上主如何藉著默西亞的死和復活改變了世界。這不同於上宗教哲學課,而是相信聖神同在、天父的恩澤和啟示,在我們身上、口中述說的話,見證基督就是祂的兒子,派遣他來完成不同凡響的救贖的。

有了宗教經驗,才有神學。而聽道的人首先是聽人論述耶穌,然後自己親身經驗祂,得到同樣的啟示,也就信了。我想起撒瑪黎雅婦人的故事,最後城裡的人對那婦人說:「現在我們信,不是為了你的話,而是因為我們親自聽見了,並知道他確實是世界的救主。」

靈與肉

Our testimony about Holy God in Galilee of Israel

Introduction

The following testimony about God is based on what happened to us during our visit to Israel in 2015 December during Christmas.

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Psychedelics and the Religious Experience

I spent a lot of time in the Gardner A. Sage Library. I also passed many hours just outside of it. As a religion student at Rutgers University, it was accessible to me as part of the theological seminary. 1,075 more words

SCIENCE

Lovecraft, The Psychedelic Experience and the Problem of Religious Language

*Work in Progress*

The problem of religious language, that is whether or not we can we talk meaningfully about religious concepts and experiences (specifically, for example, the nature of God or mystical experience), dates back at least as far as the 5th-6h Century Neoplatonic mystic Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. 542 more words

Horror