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Is the spell really broken? Bio-psychological explanations of religion and theistic belief

Abstract:
Recent advances in the evolutionary and cognitive sciences of religion have raised questions about whether the assumptions and findings of these fields as applied to religion conflict with belief in gods. Specifically, three scientific approaches to religion (Neurotheology, Group Selection, and Cognitive Science of Religion) are sketched, and five arguments against theistic belief arising from these approaches are discussed and evaluated. None of the five arguments prove formidable challenges for belief in gods.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/14746700601159564

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
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Publisher:
Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) Publisher's website
Journal:
Theology and Science Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Pages:
57-72
Publication date:
2007-03-05
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EISSN:
1474-6719
ISSN:
1474-6700
URN:
uuid:7e9f7a9a-4a75-4fcf-999d-7a73e8a1772a
Local pid:
ora:3116

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