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Experience

Douglas F. Ottati

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227228.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Experience

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This article argues that appeals to experiences may function critically as important checks on received theologies, moral views, and philosophies that seem out of touch with experienced realities. They may encourage us to revise or even reject some of the symbols, concepts, and interpretations put forward by our particular communities and traditions. At the same time, however, they may also function positively. They may help us better understand, articulate, and deepen the distinct symbols, concepts, and interpretations put forward by our particular community or tradition. They may help partly to confirm our traditions by showing how at least some of these symbols, concepts, and interpretations refer to relatively common situations and realities. And this, in fact, is the range of functions of appeals to experiences that is associated with theology and ethics in the article.

Keywords: theology; ethics; experience; interpretations; concepts; symbols

Article.  8111 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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