Cognitive science of religion: what is it and why is it?
Cognitive science of religion brings theories from the cognitive sciences to bear on why religious thought and action is so common in humans and why religious phenomena take on the features that they do. The field is characterized by a piecemeal approach, explanatory non-exclusivism, and methodological pluralism. Topics receiving consideration include how ordinary cognitive structures inform and constrain the transmission of religious ideas, why people believe in gods, why religious rituals a...Expand abstract
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- Peer review status:
- Peer reviewed
- Accepted Manuscript
- Copyright holder:
- Justin L. Barrett
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- Citation: Barrett, J. L. (2007). 'Cognitive science of religion: what is it and why is it?', Religion Compass, 1(6), 768-786. [The definitive version is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1749-8171.2007.00042.x].
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