The role of experience in religion

  • Theodore Runyon


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    Gerhard Ebeling,Wort und Glaube (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1975), p. 14. See also, “Schrift und Erfahrung als Quelle theologischer Ausagen,”Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche 75.1 (1978): 99–116.Google Scholar
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    A partial listing of this literature would include the following: Eilert Herms,Theologie — eine Erfahrungswissenschaft (Munich: Christian Kaiser, 1978) andTheorie für die Praxis (Munich: Christian Kaiser, 1982); Jürgen Moltmann,Experiences of God (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980) andDer Geist des Lebens (Munich: Christian Kaiser, 1991); Peter Stuhlmacher, “Exegese und Erfahrung” inVerifikationen [EbelingFestschrift] (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1982), pp. 67–89; Karl Ernst Nipkow,Grundfragen der Religionspädagogik, Vol. 3 (Gütersloh: Gerd Mohn, 1982); Walter Mostert, “Erfahrung als Kriterium der Theologie,”Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche 72.4 (1975): 427–460; Edward Schillebeeckx,Christ:The Experience of Jesus as Lord (New York: Crossroad, 1988). In the United States: Bernard Cooke,Sacraments and Sacramentality (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1983).Google Scholar
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    E.g., David Tracy,The Analogical Imagination (New York: Crossroad, 1986).Google Scholar
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    E.g., James H. Cone,My Soul Looks Back (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982); C. Eric Lincoln,The Black Experience in Religion (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974).Google Scholar
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    E.g., Carol Christ,Diving Deep and Surfacing (Boston: Beacon, 1980); Christine Downing,Psyche's Sisters: Re-imaging the Meaning of Sisterhood (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988); Catherine Keller,From a Broken Web:Separation, Sexism and Self (Boston: Beacon, 1986); Kathryn Rabuzzi,The Sacred and the Feminine (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982); Rosemary Radford Ruether,Sexism and God-Talk (Boston: Beacon, 1983); Letty M. Russell, ed.,Femminist Interpretations of the Bible (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1985); Letty M. Russell,Household of Freedom:Authority in Feminist Theology (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1987).Google Scholar
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    Excerpts from theEssay were published in Volumes 5 to 7 (1782–84) of theArminian Magazine. See also two recent very helpful studies on Wesley's relationship to Locke: Richard E. Brantley,Locke, Wesley and the Method of English Romanticism (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1984) and Rex D. Matthews, “‘With Eyes of Faith:’ Spiritual Experience and the Knowledge of God in the Theology of John Wesley,” inWesleyan Theology Today, Theodore Runyon, ed. (Nashville: Kingswood Books [Abingdon Press], 1985), pp. 406–415.Google Scholar
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    Works, Vol. 2, pp. 570f. References to Wesley's Sermons are to the Abingdon Bicentennial Edition of the Works.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., Vol. 4, pp. 169f.Google Scholar
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    Works, Vol. 4, pp. 171f.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., pp. 172f.Google Scholar
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    Luther'sWorks, Vol. 6 (Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1932), pp. 451f.Google Scholar
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    Wesley'sWorks [Jackson edition], Vol. 1, 103.Google Scholar
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    Works [Abingdon edition], Vol. 2, pp. 482f.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 502.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 499.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 483.Google Scholar
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    Robert S. Brightman,Gregory of Nyssa and John Wesley in Theological Dialogue on the Christian Life (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1969), pp. 273.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Runyon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of TheologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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