Recollecting God

In this paper I argue that LDS theology provides us with an understanding of the nature of religious experience that allows for a philosophical defense of the “argument from religious experience.” This argument states that one can be justified in belief in God on the basis of one’s religious experiences. The two main problems with this argument are (i) that it is possible that such experiences are illusory and (ii) that people of different religions often come to conflicting conclusions on the basis of their respective experiences. I will argue that religious experience is recollection, or, at least, epistemically similar to memory.

R. Dennis Potter, Brian Birch