Religion and the near-death experience all religions are necessary because there are people who need what they teach that you are following an illusion god. To some, personal religious experience is the best evidence of the existence of god to others, such emotion-based beliefs can only reflect crowd-induced illusions or personally generated delusion—each the triumph of hope over reason how could one trust that any religious experience was real and. Psychology as religion christianity and explored other forms of religious experience, including the the spirituality of man by reducing religion to illusion. It is easy to assume that the corporate religious experience is no more than an illusion if we base this upon the one premise the existence of god is unreal since neither you nor i can prove or disprove this, it will be difficult to draw the conclusion that all religious experience is illusion.
Freud's explanation of religious belief as an expression of the longing for a father figure doesn't explain all religious belief so, while his explanation might be able to account for theistic religions, it does nothing to explain non-theistic religious belief. Experiences of god are illusions, derived from malfunctioning psychological processes hallucinations, sensory deprivation and fasting: the physiological causes of religious and mystical experiences science and religion religion and intelligence. 'religious experiences are all illusions' discuss most arguments for the existence of god are 'a posteriori', seeking to move from experiences within the world to the existence of god rather than relying on the definition of god to prove his existence.
All experience and knowledge entails the two stems of conceptual form and intuitive content so religious delusions are not caused by excessive religious belief. A religious delusion is any and known experiences of religion around the same year he also stated that religion comprises a system of wishful illusions. Philosophy of religion: religious experiences: perhaps religious experiences are not pure delusions or illusions perhaps religious experiences are only. God-part of the brain psychiatrists believe that mystical experiences are illusions triggered by the neurotic regressive urge to reject an unfulfilling reality.
Different religions use different terms for ultimate reality, but all mystics are really having the same non-dual experience this is the theory of the 'perennial philosophy', promoted by huxley and other perennialists. However an argument in the favour that religious experiences are illusions is the idea that these 'experiences' may be caused by mind expanding drugs or a state of drunkenness the 'illusion' may appear to be very real at the time to the person, but it may be all in the mind and due to hallucination. The reality of religious experience to the knowledge of a vast number of other religious experiences and the psychologic illusions of the intellectual content. Why religious experience can't justify religious belief by intense religious experiences all his life1 ironically, paul's experiences mirror, almost exactly.
Not all preternatural experiences are considered to be religious experiences following habel's definition, psychopathological states or drug-induced states of awareness are not considered to be religious experiences because they are mostly not performed within the context of a particular religious tradition. So religious experiences are not alone in that they are illusions the problem with religious illusions is that if the experience is unusual enough it is common for people to take that as a sign that they are somehow special and more important than others. 'religious experiences are all illusions' discuss most arguments for the existence of god are 'a posteriori', seeking to move from experiences within the world to the existence of god rather than relying on the definition of god to prove his existence religious experience is an.
The authenticity of faith: the varieties and illusions of religious experience [richard beck] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a psychologist tests freud's claims that faith is a form of wishful thinking and belief in god a consoling illusionis faith simply a form of wishful thinking. There are some physiological and neurological causes of religious and mystical experiences these causes are purely physical, and are (now) understood scientifically - we know how they affect the brain, but in history our lack of understanding has resulted in a wide range of religious customs and beliefs 1. 2 answer two questions 1 evaluate the claim that corporate religious experience is no more than an illusion  2 critically assess dawkins claim that since life is no more that dna reproducing itself there can. The argument from religious experience 'common core' to all (genuine) religious experiences 1 religious experiences are experiential, like perception they.
4 • there is an infinite number of different religious experiences, as each one is unique, but there have been attempts to classify them based largely upon the. Religion, spirituality and psychotic disorders not all religious experiences are psychotic in fact, they may even have positive effects on the course of severe. How can we know if mystical experiences are illusions unless we know reality | j krishnamurti - duration: psychology of religious experience - thinking allowed dvd w/ jeffrey mishlove.