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Religieuse ervaring: Aspoestertjie van teologiese besinning

D. P. Veldsman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 46, No 3 | a2321 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v46i3.2321 | © 1990 D. P. Veldsman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1990 | Published: 09 January 1990

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D. P. Veldsman, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Religious experience: Cinderella of theological Reflection
How is the concept ‘experience’ to be understood, a concept frequently used but which defies clearcut definition? How is religious experience, which is not a terminus technicus, to be understood? These questions are addressed from a historic survey of developments in the interpretation of the nature and understanding of religious experience, spanning Aristotle to modern German theologians. Stressing the fundamental importance for theology of reflection on religious experience, this article describes religious experience as feeling plus a religious conceptual framework, constituted by recollection and embodied in hope.

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