Lecture Eighteen Access to Power Visions and Prayer

Scope: In all ancient religions, visions (and auditions) and prayer represent the two-way traffic between humans and the divine. Prayer is the enacted conviction that there is a power greater than the human at work in the world, access to which can be attained through human effort. Visions (and auditions) are the immediate experience of that greater power and, when reported to others through writing, offer testimony to a larger reality than that of the empirical world. The prayer of Jesus and his followers offers clues to their perception of that larger reality. The reported visions of Jesus, Stephen, Peter, Paul, and John provide glimpses to others of what they experienced.

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