The BECB (that’s the big evolution/creation book) is slowly winding its way towards a complete first draft. I just finished writing a chapter about religious experiences. Creationists routinely tell me they have had them, you see.
So over the last few months I have read my share of the literature on the subject. I started with classics like William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience, which actually made for more interesting reading than you might expect. James’ approach to the subject is pretty measured and reasonable, especially given the state of science at the time (his book was published in 1902.) Of course, I do not always agree with his conclusions. I also read Rudolf Otto’s book The Idea of the Holy. This is the book that gave us the term numinous, but beyond that I fear it was a very tough slog. From there I moved on to more recent treatments by people like Richard Swinburne and William Alston, as well as numerous other, more obscure, authors.
While browsing the relevant section of the university library I found a book called Theories of Religious Experience: With Special Reference to James, Otto and Bergson, published in 1938 by John Morrison Moore. The book contains several quotable nuggets, so I tried to find out more about its author. The title page informs me that Moore was a professor at Hamilton College. I also found this webpage, which tells me that Moore was a philosopher and that apparently this book was actually his PhD thesis. Beyond that, I have found nothing. No Wikipedia article for heaven’s sake! On the other hand, I have seen this book cited in other discussions of religious experience, so he is not completely obscure.
So I turn it over to all of you. Anyone know anything about this guy?