matthew c. bagger / university of Alabama s anyone familiar with my own work would readily infer, i have virtually boundless admiration for Wayne Proudfoot's Religious Experience. in fact, to be honest i think Religious Experience belongs together with Jeff stout's The Flight from Authority and david hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as the books that have most profoundly shaped my teaching and scholarship. (That's a list that needless to say puts Proudfoot and stout in rather distinguished company!) more than the other two works, however, Religious Experience has informed my most basic attitudes about the point and proper pursuit of the shared enterprise we call the study of religion. i know i'm not completely idiosyncratic in my estimation of Religious Experience in this regard because i could not count the number of times listening to a panel at a conference i've had the person sitting next to me lean over and whisper something rueful to the effect that the speaker needs to reread Religious Experience. Actually, listening to a panel yesterday, I wanted to be that person! if my testimony alone is not enough evidence of the centrality of Religious Experience to the current conception of the
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy – University of Illinois Press
Published: Mar 22, 2017
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