Cover of the first edition
|Subject||Philosophy of religion|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Alston, combining his interests in epistemic justification and religious language, gives a detailed account of the epistemology of religious experience, and argues that experiential awareness of God makes an important contribution to the grounds of religious belief. He argues that religious experiences which are taken by their subjects to be direct non-sensory experiences of God are perceptual in character because they involve a presentation or appearance to the subject of something that the subject identifies as God.
He defends the view that such mystical perception is a source of prima facie justified beliefs about divine manifestations by arguing for the practical rationality of engaging in a belief-forming practice that involves reliance on mystical perception.