The Believing Primate
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...
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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.
Schloss is an Associate Professor of Biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Michael T. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the co-author of "A Textbook of Natural Medicine," the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians, as well as the consumer version - "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine." He has also written over 20 other books including "The Healing Power of Herbs" and "The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements."<BR>As a consultant to the health food industry, D
- Introduction; 1. Hand Of God, Mind Of Man: Punishment And Cognition In The Evolution Of Cooperation; 2. Religiosity As Mental Time Travel: Cognitive Adaptations For Religious Behavior; 3. Cognitive Science, Religion & Theology; 4. Is Religion Adaptive? Yes, No, Neutral, But Mostly We Don't Know; 5. Religious Belief As An Evolutionary Accident; 6. Explaining Belief In The Supernatural: Some Thoughts On Paul Bloom's 'religious Belief As Evolutionary Accident'; 7. Games Scientists Play; 8. Scientific Explanations Of Religion And The Justification Of Religious Belief; 9. Evolutionary Accounts Of Religion: Explaining And Explaining Away; 10. Explaining Religious Experience; 11. Humanness In Their Hearts: Where Science And Religion Fuse; 12. Theology And Evolution: How Much Can Biology Explain; 13. Cognitive Science And The Evolutionof Religion: A Philosophical And Theological Appraisal; 14. Does Naturalism Warrant A Moral Belief In Universal Benevolence And Human Rights?; 15. Moral Psychology And The Misunderstanding Of Religion; 16. Evolutionary Social Constructivism: Narrowing (but Not Yet Bridging) The Gap