Religion homework 8

1) Read pp. 89-95 in the textbook (2.4 Theism and Religious Experience). Consider the variety of religious experiences. In what way are they pertinent to discussions of the existence of God and the truth value of religious systems? To what extent do you think we should accept personal religious experiences in determining our own convictions? To what extent should we accept the testimony of others? Why or why not?

2) Read pp. 95-108 in the textbook (2.5 Belief without Reason). Outline the arguments of William James and Blaise Pascal (the outline for James should be longer as his is a more complex argument). To what extent do you find them convincing for yourself and for others?