Religious Studies



A missing element in reports of divine encounters


RONALD R. JOHNSON a1
a1 Humanities Division, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223

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Abstract

Many people claim to have had direct perceptual awareness of God. William Alston, Richard Swinburne, Gary Gutting, and others have based their philosophical views on these reports. But using analogies from our encounters with humans whose abilities surpass our own, we realize that something essential is missing from these reports. The absence of this element renders it highly unlikely that these people have actually encountered a divine being.

(Published Online August 11 2004)