Medieval and modern women mystics: the evidential character of religious experience

Woods, Richard (1997) Medieval and modern women mystics: the evidential character of religious experience. RERC Second Series Occasional Papers.

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Abstract

This paper aims to show, first, that significant parallels exist between the function (the social significance and personal value) of religious experience in the 14th century Rhineland and among women and even men today. More specifically, I will suggest that this similarity is grounded in certain shared features of women’s social and especially ecclesiastical situation in the Middle Ages and the present. Finally, I wish to consider the implications of this parallel for an understanding of the evidential character of religious experience. That is, does the similarity that exists between the situation of religious women in the Middle Ages and today adequately account for the content or character of their experiences, or must we look further and deeper in order to fathom the meaning of these experiences for the women of the Middle Ages and our own time?

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;7.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 15:31
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 11:14
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/360

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