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Natural Theology and Religious Experience

  • John J. Shepherd
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series

Abstract

Attitudes towards the question of the rational justification of Christian theism vary widely. The particular constructive approach developed here would doubtless benefit if preceded by detailed criticism of various alternatives, but reasons of space prevent this. It is worth broaching the argument, however, via the context to which it belongs.

Keywords

Religious Experience Mystical Experience Rational Justification Explanatory Hypothesis Natural Theology 
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Notes

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© John J. Shepherd 1975

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