Religious experience has been a topic of considerable interest to religious studies scholars, as well as philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, historians, theologians, and more recently neuroscientists and cognitive scientists. Although not easily defined, religious experience broadly refers to subjective experiences of significance that are interpreted within a religious framework. The Understanding Religious Experience study group is aimed at examining religious experience from various disciplinary perspectives and exploring the possibilities and limitations of integrating these perspectives. The study group will meet to discuss recent book and article publications on religious experience. These discussions will be complemented by the inaugural James Barnett Lecture Series in Humanistic Anthropology, which will include many of the authors we will be reading and discussing.
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