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The relative unnaturalness of atheism: On why Geertz and Markusson are both right and wrong

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Commonly scholars in the cognitive science of religion (CSR) have advanced the naturalness of religion thesis. That is, ordinary cognitive resources operating in ordinary human environments typically lead to some kind of belief in supernatural agency and perhaps other religious ideas. Special cultural scaffolding is unnecessary. Supernaturalism falls near a natural anchor point. In contrast, widespread conscious rejection of the supernatural as in atheism appears to require either special cul...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Anthropology
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Religion Journal website
Volume:
40
Issue:
3
Pages:
169-172
Publication date:
2011-02-05
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ISSN:
0048-721X
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uuid:0f83aa59-093d-461d-8c18-7a9f964d4a84
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75
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daisy:75

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