> One obvious complication is that the exact content of this
> testimony varies so much -- this is so even just among Christians, but
> more so if we take all claims of religious experience together, from
> witches seen flying upside down to blinding lights near the city of
> Damascus. It is reasonable for the sceptic to ask how these could all
> experiences of an objectively real "something" outside the person
> God) if they are so different. Several possible answers come to mind
> -- 1)
> they are all experiences of spiritual beings, but of different beings,
> they are all experiences of God, but how we understand and explain our
> experience of God is so culture bound that when the descriptions are
> side-by-side they seem to be incompatible, or 3) some are experiences
> of an objective spirit world while others are psychological quirks.
Actually it's probably more like the fable of the blind men and the
elephant. Why should all of us experience the spiritual realm in the
same, or even similar, ways?