"Spiritual Experiences" (I had them, but believe they are false.)
This is an EXTREMELY important issue.
I have found "spiritual experiences" to be at the heart of many if not ALL of my debates with Christians who did not fit into the "my parents are Christian so I am too" category.
That is to say, many "born again" Christian types become Christians in the face of adversity -- due to spiritual experiences when they are depressed and vulnerable.
I know 2 preachers who have revealed specific experiences to me. I have listened to a number of these experiences through my participation on internet forums and even some of the RRS radio shows. I am fascinated by these experiences.
My challenge is to find ATHEISTS who have had "spiritual experiences" that they once attributed to supernatural means but then later determined with rational thought that they were natural or delusional.
By "spiritual experiences," I suppose I mean affirmative supernatural "feelings" of God's presence or interaction with you.
Even still, I would be content with ANY kind of supernatural experience such as ghosts, visions, clairvoyance, etc.
I want to see if there is any ATHEIST here who has had an experience in which they thought something to be supernatural, but later, they concluded it was natural and their attribution of supernatural origin was delusional.
If you haven't had one yourself, do you know of any? Or have you read any books with such material?
I will share my experience.
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM.