‘Ik zie engelen...’ Een theoretisch en empirisch onderzoek naar bijzondere ervaringen vanuit paracultureel en protestants christelijk perspectief
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"I see angels ..." There are people who see angels, perceive entities or say they live in close contact with the supernatural world. Society today seems to becoming more familiar with new forms of spirituality, including the paraculture, in which the experience of spiritualistic phenomena play a role. This thesis is about extraordinary experiences related to so-called spiritualistic phenomena. The theme is approached from two perspectives, the Protestant Christian and paracultural perspective. To answer the main question, use is made of the literature and a survey research. Specifically, the study focuses primarily on the following meaning: whether one acknowledges the existence of spiritualistic phenomena and / or experience in this regard; whether one believes in or what vision they have regarding spiritualistic phenomena; how one considers extraordinary experiences; and their own extraordinary experiences. The research shows that church attendance decreases, but participation in so-called 'spiritual activity' increases. Unchurched often regard themselves as religious people and believe in traditional Christian beliefs. Within the paraculture spiritualistic experiences are based on an invisible supernatural reality. Even if one considers often spiritualistic phenomena as coming from God. Paraculturels have mostly strong traditional beliefs. They believe very highly in spiritualistic phenomena and they have also gained relatively many spiritualistic experiences. Most paraculturels give a positive evaluation of such experiences. Within the Protestant Christianity, the (church) history shows that the special experience of certain spiritualistic phenomena, such as contact with spirits of the deceased, is rejected by church doctrine. The existence of such phenomena is recognized, as is evident from the story of Saul at Endor. These biblical stories are interpreted by many commentators, theologians and church fathers. They saw any reason to prohibit paraculturel practices. The churches, as mentioned in this study also indicate generally off the paraculture and its activities, both in history and in the present time. Protestants have a very high degree of traditional beliefs and they believe in spiritualistic phenomena. However, they have gained little extraordinary experiences related to spiritualistic phenomena. Most of them consider such as a negative experience. That is in line with the literature that describes church members with a strong religious nature reject paracultural and magical phenomena. It is particularly to note that churches usually show a negative image of the paraculture or its activities. But, the question is whether they have a clear picture of who belongs to the paraculture. Because the research shows that the paraculturels have very religious views. The 'non-believers' of this time can be described as religious. The question that arises from this study is whether it is the churches, both to provide for its own supporters and also for its outsiders, would be more enriching when it offers activities that have to do with paracultural themes. We can also wonder on to what extent the essence of the experience of Christian spiritualistic phenomena differs from the experience of spiritualistic phenomena which one acquires in the paranormal field. Dogmatization the concept of spirit seems to go beyond cultural - and linguistic interpretations. Concepts such as “Holy Spirit” and “Angel” will probably have lost their dynamic content.Re-evaluation of the words 'Elohim' and 'Pneuma' could lead to an interesting discussion when it comes to the survival of the human spirit in the afterlife. In short, more research into the fact that churches lose members and the increasing attraction of the paracultural is necessary so that churches can better respond to the beliefs of the Dutchman nowadays.