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The Significance of Religious Experience$
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Howard Wettstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.001.0001

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Awe and the Religious Life: A Naturalistic Perspective 1

Awe and the Religious Life: A Naturalistic Perspective 1

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The Significance of Religious Experience

Howard Wettstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the author’s attempt to see religious life as floating free of the usual supernaturalist metaphysical picture. It also looks at the viability of significant work in an area without foundational questions being settled. It examines the concept of awe and love as pillars of religious life. It provides an account of awe: a sense of being ennobled and at the same time humbled. Finally it looks at how to engage in genuine traditional religious practice in the absence of metaphysical commitments.

Keywords:   naturalism, religious belief, fundamentals, awe, love, humility, myth, metaphor

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