Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Melissa Raphael

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269328.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 25 March 2019

Numinous Experience

Numinous Experience

Chapter:
(p.149) 6 Numinous Experience
Source:
Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness
Author(s):

Melissa Raphael

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269328.003.0016

As Otto asserts that those who have yet to feel religious experience are not to read further into his book, we find that the book is aimed only at those who have had spiritual orientation, and his philosophical aims do not encompass the intensification of his readers' experiences and of various religious sensibilities. Otto did not include in his concerns as a theologian and as a phenomenologist of religion the participation on whether numinous experience really exists. Although the debate is evidently not over, it continues in a more subtle manner compared to how it was aggravated in the period of the Vienna Circle. Postmodern situations attempt to provide interesting ways of evaluating the worth of numinous experience. In this chapter, the author assumes in some part that numinous experience is partially constructed in terms of a concept of holiness although it cannot give independent proof for the numen's existence. We examine whether Otto was successful in establishing a typology of primary religious experience.

Keywords:   numen, numinous experience, religious sensibilities, theologians, holiness

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .