The Roots of Religion : Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion
- Hardback | 242 pages
- 156 x 234 x 16mm | 590g
- 28 Dec 2014
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Justin L. Barrett and Roger Trigg
2 Intuition, Agency Detection, and Social Coordination as Analytical and Explanatory Constructs in the Cognitive Science of Religion
3 Whose Intuitions? Which Dualism?
4 Explaining Religion at Different Levels: From Fundamentalism to Pluralism
5 HADD, Determinism and Epicureanism: An Interdisciplinary Investigation
6 Understanding 'Person' Talk: When is it Appropriate to Think in Terms of Persons?
7 Knowledge and the Objection to Religious Belief from Cognitive Science
Kelly James Clark and Dani Rabinowitz
8 Assessing the Third Way
9 Cognitive Science of Religion and the Rationality of Classical Theism
10 Cognitive Science and the Limits of Theology
11 Some Reflections on Cognitive Science, Doubt, and Religious Belief
Joshua C. Thurow
12 Human Nature and Religious Freedom
'An outstanding set of authoritative essays, essential reading for all who are interested in the nature of religion.'
- Keith Ward, Christ Church, Oxford, UK
"The strength of this book is in offering something of a preview of how research coming out of CSR might be received by scholars working in various areas of religious studies. It is valid to assume that some scholars will, based on their individual interests, fear or hope for a "conclusive case against a religious world-view." The Roots of Religion offers the revelation that these individual hopes or fears add up to collective concern over the implications of integrating cognitive (and evolutionary) science into religious studies. Barrett and Trigg offer an exploration then not of the cognitive science of religion, but the reception of it. Considering Teehan's observation that "contemporary cognitive science, grounded in an evolutionary perspective, 'shakes the foundations' of religious belief in a more profound way than evolutionary theory has done so far" (167) The Roots of Religion is particularly valuable for scholars concerned with what will someday be considered the early reception history of the cognitive science of religion."
- Edward N. Surman, Claremont Graduate University
About Roger Trigg
Justin L. Barrett is the Thrive Professor of Developmental Science at Fuller Seminary's Graduate School of Psychology, where he directs the Thrive Center for Human Development. He is also a research associate of Oxford University's School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography. He is author of scores of academic articles and book chapters concerning cognitive science of religion and three books: Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004); Cognitive Science, Religion, & Theology (2011); and Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Beliefs (2012).