Compare Alston’s view of religious experience as perception with Proudfoot’’s
view that religious experience is interpretation based on religious beliefs. In what
ways would their explanations of a particular account of religious experience be
similar and different?
3. Give an argument (either from this chapter or your own) either for or against the
thesis that religious experience can be used to justify religious beliefs. What view
of religious experience have you presupposed? What objection might be raised
against your argument?
4. Compare and contrast arguments that might be given for and against the thesis
that there is a common core to religious experience. Which perspective do you
think is correct, and why? Might there be a common core to higher-state mystical
experiences but not to other types of religious experience?
5. In what ways do the religious experiences of Asian religions like Buddhism and
Hinduism differ from those of Western religions like Christianity, Islam, and
Judaism? Why are they different (here you might consider the diverse perspec-
tives on reality these religions hold)?