The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion by Jeffrey Schloss, Michael Murray | | 9780199557028 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

by Jeffrey Schloss, Michael Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199557020

ISBN-13: 9780199557028

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The

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Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections on these accounts follow, offered by leading philosophers, theologians, and scientists. This diverse group of scholars address some fascinating underlying questions: Do scientific accounts of religion undermine the justification of religious belief? Do such accounts show religion to be an accidental by-product of our evolutionary development? And, whilst we seem naturally disposed toward religion, would we fare better or worse without it? Bringing together dissenting perspectives, this provocative collection will serve to freshly illuminate ongoing debate on these perennial questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199557028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jeffrey Schloss
1. Hand of God, Mind of Man: Punishment and Cognition in the Evolution of Cooperation, Jesse Bering and Dominic Johnson
2. Religiosity as mental time travel: cognitive adaptations for religious behavior, Joseph Bulbulia
3. Cognitive Science, Religion & Theology, Justin Barrett
4. Is Religion Adaptive? Yes, no, neutral, but mostly we don't know, Peter J. Richerson and Lesley Newson
5. Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident, Paul Bloom
6. Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some thoughts on Paul Bloom's 'Religious Belief as Evolutionary Accident', Peter van Inwagen
7. Games Scientists Play, Alvin Plantinga
8. Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief, Michael J. Murray
9. Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining and Explaining Away, Michael J. Murray and Andrew Goldberg
10. Explaining Religious Experience, Charles Taliaferro
11. Humanness in their hearts: Where science and religion fuse, Del Ratzsch
12. Theology and Evolution: How Much Can Biology Explain, John Haught
13. Cognitive Science and the Evolutionof Religion: A Philosophical and Theological Appraisal, Nancey Murphy
14. Does Naturalism Warrant a Moral Belief in Universal Benevolence and Human Rights?, Christian Smith
15. Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion, Jonathan Haidt
16. Evolutionary Social Constructivism: Narrowing (but not yet bridging) the Gap, David Sloan Wilson

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