Magic, Miracles, And Religion

Magic, Miracles, And Religion

by Ilkka Pyysiainen, Ilkka Pyysiinen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759106630

ISBN-13: 9780759106635

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Can scientists study religion? Ilkka Pyysiäinen says that they can. While the study of religion cannot be reduced to other disciplines, it must not ignore what other disciplines have learned about human thought and behavior. In this collection of essays, Pyysiäinen shows how findings from cognitive science can offer new directions to debates in religion.

Overview

Can scientists study religion? Ilkka Pyysiäinen says that they can. While the study of religion cannot be reduced to other disciplines, it must not ignore what other disciplines have learned about human thought and behavior. In this collection of essays, Pyysiäinen shows how findings from cognitive science can offer new directions to debates in religion. After providing a historical and theoretical overview of the cognitive science of religion, Pyysiäinen demonstrates how knowledge of the mind's workings can help deconstruct such concepts as "god," "ideology," "culture," "magic," "miracles," and "religion." For scholars of religion or for scholars of the mind-brain, Magic, Miracles, and Religion provides a helpful overview to this emerging field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759106635
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Cognitive Science of Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

1 PREFACE, OR HOW I SAID GOODBYE TO AN ABSENT-MINDED STUDY OF RELIGIONMy personal story and its implications.1. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A BELIEVER? How explanation and understanding can be combined to provide a rational account of the subjective experience of

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