chapter  2
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15 PHENOMENOLOGY

ByJames V. Spickard

This chapter outlines an empirical phenomenological method for exploring subjective experiences in religious settings. This method does not allow one to weigh the ‘truth’ of such experiences, much less gauge their ‘real’ referent. Instead, it allows one to enter into an aspect of the informants’ religious world as it presents itself to their consciousness. From this, one may draw conclusions about their religion as it is actually lived-what some scholars are calling ‘lived religion’.