Religious Experience Resources - Homepage

Religious and spiritual experience is an enormously complex topic, far more so than most people might expect. That is part of the fun, of course, but it also makes studying them challenging. The Boston University Religious Experience Seminar is gathering resources to help others interested in studying and understanding religious and spiritual experiences get access to relevant material efficiently. The following kinds of resources are available here.


Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa; from here.

Reviews of Books and Articles

These are brief reviews of an extremely diverse array of books and articles related to the theme of religious and spiritual experiences. The reviews have been produced by Boston University graduate students.

Interpretative Research Essays

These are research papers aiming to make a contribution to the scholarly community's attempts to construct a comprehensive interpretation of religious and spiritual experiences that is attentive to material from the many contributing disciplines. The research essays have been produced by Boston University graduate students.


The academic study of religious experiences is complex territory. These bibliographies will help you get oriented.

Course Syllabi

This is a collection of syllabi on religious and spiritual experiences that may be helpful for teachers planning courses related to this topic. Syllabi are welcome; please email the contact address.

Web Links

This is self-explanatory for people used to the World Wide Web. We provide a compilation of reviews of sites from all over the World Wide Web related (more or sometimes less) to religious and spiritual experiences.

Popular Culture

This is a collection of reviews of novels, movies, and other popular-culture items that centrally feature religious and spiritual experiences.