Religious Feelings. Theologians and Philosophers on Emotions and Religious Feelings
The project brings together theologians and philosophers working on emotions and religious feelings. Its activities are funded by the Analytic Theology Cluster Initiative. The main questions that will be discussed in the course of the project are:
- What is the nature of religious feelings? Are religious feelings a subgroup of emotions or are there significant structural differences between the two?
- What is the relation between religious feelings and rationality? Are they rational states which are capable of justifying certain judgments? If yes, what sort of judgments can they justify?
- What is the function of religious feelings? Are they of instrumental, moral or epistemic value? What sort of influence do they exert on our moods and emotions?
The project will run for two years. Our work will proceed in four phases. In the first two phases we will focus on historical and current emotion theories both within theology and philosophy, including results from the psychology of religion. In the third and fourth phase of the project we will then turn to the analysis of two specific religious feelings: hope and transcendental feelings. Apart from regular meetings by the cluster members three workshops will be hosted at the University of Tübingen. The first of these took place in September 2012. The second workshop will take place in October 2013 and is focused on the relation between (religious) feelings and religious beliefs.