Recovering 'Religious Experience' in the Explanation of Religion
Donald Wiebe [+]
University of Toronto
Donald Wiebe has two aims in this essay. First to provide an account of the emergence and development of that theory from two methodological innovations Lewis-Williams brought to the field of rock art studies that not only made possible a more sophisticated interpretation of the artistic creations of the San (and our more distant forebears), but also revealed the essential character of their art as expressions of the religious beliefs they held. He will then show how those beliefs are intimately tied to what we commonly conceive of as “religious experience”.