A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion

2015.06.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt, A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of
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2015.06.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt, A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion, MIT Press, 2015, 246pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028547. Reviewed by Aku Visala, University of Helsinki In the last couple of years, philosophers of religion have become increasingly interested in the biological and cognitive study of religion. For the most part, the debates have revolved around whether psychological knowledge about the cognitive mechanisms or the evolutionary history of religious thinking and behavior has any impact on the rationality of religious belief. This lively debate is connected to discussions about evolutionary debunking arguments in analytic epistemology and ethics[1] and has spilled over from journals to edited volumes, such as The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (ed. Jeffrey. . .

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