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Religious Experience- Rudolph Otto and William James

            Rudolph Otto is more sympathetic than William James.
             religious experience as a kind of "creature feeling". Where as James with .
             his psychological background tends to be more clinical. Both of them .
             refer to the experience as being mystical. James makes one of his main .
             points that a religious experience is experienced through someone with a .
             person religion and not institutional religion; Otto that it is very difficult to .
             understand a "deeply felt religious experience" if one has not .
             experienced it themselves. James believed that a mystical experience .
             can be experienced by all cultures and he was most interested in .
             understanding religious experience. .
             If personal religious experiences were what James preferred, dogmatism .
             was something that he disliked. Dogmatic thought, whether religious or .
             scientific, was anathema to James. The importance of James to the .
             psychology of religion--and to psychology more generally--is difficult to .
             overstate. He discussed many essential issues that remain of vital .
             concern today. As part of much larger work, the short selection in the text .
             leaves the reader wondering if James' description is all there is to .
             mysticism. While James lays down the groundwork for a much larger .
             discussion, by no means is his view the end of the story. What James .
             does contribute is a number of "characteristics" of the Mystical experience.
             One of the characteristics is that it is ineffable.Those who have had the .
             experience all seem to agree that an exact description of the experience .
             is impossible. The experience itself transcends human language. This .
             has two consequences, the first being that it leaves only metaphors and .
             figures of speech to describe what has happened and the second being .
             that the experience can not be passed onto another it is impossible to be .
             empathetic to it. Each experience is so individual, and un-describable .
             that it is impossible to imagine. .
             Another characteristic is that the experience of the divine has a purely .

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