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Religious and Spiritual Experience

Duration: 2017-ongoing
Researcher: Professor Jeff Astley

The Project involves research, teaching and supervision, and the development of research and teaching materials in religious and spiritual experience.

Research Materials and Publications

(Texts by Jeff Astley are mostly available on WRAP, see: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/view/author_id/349036.html)

Teaching Materials and Publications:

  • http://www.st-marys-centre.org.uk/resources/Aleveljournal.html
    This link gives free access to the journal, Challenging Religious Issues: Supporting Religious Studies at A-level and Beyond, which includes the following relevant articles written at an introductory level:
    • Leslie J. Francis, 'Researching Religious Experience in China: The Alister Hardy Project', Challenging Religious Issues, 1, 2013, 8-13
    • Leslie J. Francis, 'Psychology and Mysticism: An Empirical Approach', Challenging Religious Issues, 2, 2013, 9-16
    • Mark Fox, 'Mind after Death? Substance Dualism, Immortality and the Near-Death Experience', Challenging Religious Issues, 4, 2014, 2-7
    • Jeff Astley, 'The Objectivity of Religious Experience: Philosophical Arguments', Challenging Religious Issues, 7, 2015, 2-8
    • Mark Fox, 'All in the Mind? Psychology of Religion and Religious Experience', Challenging Religious Issues, 7, 2015, 9-14
    • William K. Kay, 'William James on Religious Experience', Challenging Religious Issues, 10, 2016, 2-7
    • Jeff Astley, ‘Rudolf Otto on Numinous Experience’, Challenging Religious Issues: Supporting Religious Studies at A-level and Beyond, 12, 2018, 2-7

    • Daniel Moulin-Stozek, ‘Religious Experience Through Art’, Challenging Religious Issues: Supporting Religious Studies at A-level and Beyond, 13, 2018, 24-29

  • Jeff Astley, SCM Studyguide to Religious and Spiritual Experience (in preparation for SCM Press)

Further Information about research into spiritual and religious experience, the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, and other links and publications is available here .