Our examination of religious experience has reinforced the outlines of our theist truth-model. Those experiences which the experient is apt to describe as perceptions or quasi-perceptions of divine presence and activity turn out to include nothing which an uncommitted observer could accept as empirical evidence for any definite conclusion; though to one who already believes they naturally appear as confirmatory evidence, and for one already inclining towards belief the report of them may serve to clinch his assent. On a broader view, the very existence of this wide world of religious experience is certainly a strong motive inclining towards belief; for the theist mind, as we said, regards it as a sign of the truth of theism that it is coherent and meaningful, and the more one sees of its experiential working-out, the more one has to acknowledge how coherent and meaningful it is. One point we see now which we did not see before, namely that its meaningfulness is not just a static meaningfulness, but something dynamic. The soul advances from stage to stage in a process which is variously described as a pilgrim’s journey, or as the ascent of a mountain, or as the climbing of a ladder. If belief in God opens up the possibility of such a progression, and motivates and empowers and directs it, then it may seem that God-belief is not merely a speculative theory, but commands deep secrets of life itself.
KeywordsReligious Experience Lyrical Tone Inherent Flexibility Divine Presence Theist Mind
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