Religious experience in the inter-faith context

Boulter, Hugh (1998) Religious experience in the inter-faith context.

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Abstract

In autumn 1993 the Committee of the Reading Inter-faith Group decided that it wanted to explore in greater detail the religious understanding and experience of its various members. As part of this process, I undertook to interview nine members of nine different faith traditions, during which each was asked to outline their spiritual journey. The faith traditions represented were: Baha’i (Ba), Brahma Kumaris (BK), Buddhist (Bu), Christian (C), Hindu (H), Jewish (J), International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Muslim (M) and Sikh (S). Although I was already a member of the Group, my role was to be as impartial a recorder as possible. However, I came to the interviews from a Christian (Anglican) standpoint with a firm view that, if we are ‘to love our neighbour as ourselves’, we must be prepared to listen to those of different faith traditions and try to understand them.When the interviews were finished, we were left with a rich bank of material which threw light on the various traditions in a very personal way. I therefore decided to undertake an analysis of the transcripts in order to identify specific aspects of religious experience, interpreted in the widest sense.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;15.
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: 29 Oct 2014 14:09
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 16:14
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/389

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