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Religious Experience

Sometimes we encounter an experience that feels so profound and unexpected that it defies our expectations of the rational, physical world. Different religious traditions offer varying frameworks for interpreting these experiences, but all agree that these experiences seem to connect us with an expanded consciousness, higher power, or a fundamental truth about existence. They can feel like a moment where previous mysteries are clarified, and deep existential questions are answered with firmness and simplicity. They frequently seem to come “out of nowhere,” or are at least beyond our control or expectation, and rarely last very long. What—if anything—can cause or stimulate these experiences is of great interest to seekers and scientists alike. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

The Varieties of Religious Experience (Illustrated)

There can be no doubt that as a matter of fact a religious life, exclusively pursued, does tend to make the person exceptional and eccentric.

The New Frontier of Religion and Science: Religious Experience, Neuroscience, and the Transcendent

This is the first major response to the challenge of neuroscience to religion. It considers eastern forms of religious experience as well as Christian viewpoints and challenges the idea of a mind identical to, or a by-product of, brain activity.

Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics

Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century psychedelics have rumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture, titillating the media, fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging politicians, and intriguing...

From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness

From Science to God offers a crash course in the nature of reality.

Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization

In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth: •What Is Islam? •The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam •Islamic Practices and Institutions •The History of Islam •Schools of Islamic Thought •Islam in the Cont...

Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism: Rethinking Evil, Morality, Religious Experience, Religious Pluralism, and the Academic Study of Religion

Can scientific naturalism, according to which there are no interruptions of the normal cause-effect relations, be compatible with divine activity, religious experience, and moral realism? Leading process philosopher of religion David Ray Griffin argues that panentheism provides the conceptual framew...

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