Contribution to Book
Encountering Transcendence: Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience
Religious experience in contemporary theological epistemology is a theme broad enough to allow for many approaches. This essay grants the concept of 'religious experience' tentative validity, subject to later qualification. The actual experience explored will be a 'green' experience of non-human nature that many Christians have in common with many non-Christians. The first section describes it in a general way, while the second probes its character as a possible 'religious experience'. Then, a third section begins to explore its theological significance. A conclusion emphasizes the essential, dynamic partnership between theological method and non-methodical elements, such as religious experiences in general and the 'green' experience in particular.