Religious Experience

The religious experience covers a wide spectrum of phenomena, some of which are of great intensity, especially at the individual level (ecstasy, trance, altered state of consciousness, sacred pain, conversion); others are of a lesser intensity, manifesting in religious contexts, both in individual and collective experiences (piety, devotion, joy, religious commitment, spirituality, etc.). All these are composed of a synergy of emotional and rational elements and are communicated either through ceremonial acts or through narratives relating to those experiences. This entry discusses approaches to the study of religious experience from two perspectives: classical and sociopsychological.

Studying Religious Experience

The concept of religious experience has been built over time as an intersection of heterogeneous approaches from the theological and philosophical to the scientific (neurobiology, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, ...

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