Religious cognition as interpreted experience: An examination of Ian Barbour's comparison of the epistemic structures of science and religion

Zygon 20 (3):265-282 (1985)

. Using as a model contemporary analyses of scientific cognition, Ian Harbour has claimed that religious cognition is neither immediate nor inferential but has the structure of interpreted experience. Although I contend that Barbour has failed to establish his claim, I believe his views about the similarities between scientific and religious cognition are well founded. Thus on that basis I offer an alternative proposal that theistic religious cognition is essentially inferential and that religious experience is in fact the use of inferentially acquired religious beliefs to interpret ordinary nonreligious experiences
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1985.tb00596.x
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