Our Experience of God
First published in 1959, Our Experience of God examines the relationship between philosophy and religion. The author argues that, we cannot construct a religion for ourselves out of merely philosophical elements, and that the attempt to provide some philosophical or similar substitute for religion, as it normally presents itself, is misconceived. It brings themes like religion and belief; belief and mystery; religion and transcendence; history and dogma; material factors in religion; symbolism and tradition; art and religion; religion and morality; and encounter and immediacy, to show that the place of philosophy in religion is not to provide proofs for beliefs but to make more explicit for us what is the nature and status of the beliefs we do hold and commend to others. This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of religion, philosophy, and theology.
Preface 1. Religion and Belief 2. Belief and Mystery 3. Religion and Transcendence 4. Religion and Idolatry 5. Religious Experience 6. Patterns of Experience 7. Experience and Images 8. History and Dogma 9. Abuses of Dogma 10. Material Factors in Religion 11. Instruments of Worship 12. Symbolism and Tradition 13. Art and Religion 14. Religion and the Preternatural 15. Religion and the Preternatural (continued) 16. Miracle and Prayer 17. Petitionary Prayer 18. Religion and Morality 19. Encounter and Immediacy Index