The Argument from Religious Experience

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Argument from Religious Experience

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Large numbers of people have religious experiences in the sense of experiences that seem to them to be experiences of God. It is a basic epistemological principle. The principle of credulity, that – in absence of counter‐evidence – we should believe that things are as they seem to be, the only kind of counter‐evidence which would tend to show a religious experience not to be veridical would be any evidence tending to show that there is no God. In the absence of any such evidence, any religious experience is evidence of the existence of God.

Keywords: credulity; God; principle of credulity; religious experience

Chapter.  15573 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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