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Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion

Todd Tremlin

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195305340
eISBN:
9780199784721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305345.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book provides an introduction to the cognitive science of religion, a new discipline of study that explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas and behavior on the basis of evolved ... More


Supernatural Agents: Why We Believe in Souls, Gods, and Buddhas

Ilkka Pyysiäinen

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380026
eISBN:
9780199869046
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380026.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book provides a cognitive scientific perspective to beliefs about supernatural agents. First, human intuitions about agents, agency, and counterintuitive concepts are outlined and explained. ... More


religion is perfectly natural, not naturally perfect

D. Jason Slone

in Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195169263
eISBN:
9780199835256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195169263.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The cognitive approach to religion is a “naturalness” thesis because cognitive scientists believe that religion is a by-product of the process of ordinary human cognition. Thus, cognition operates in ... More


The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557028
eISBN:
9780191701719
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

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 viewed as ... More


Introduction: Evolutionary Theories of Religion: Science Unfettered or Naturalism Run Wild?

Jeffrey Schloss

in The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557028
eISBN:
9780191701719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This introductory chapter gives an overview of the purpose of the book: to describe and discuss scientific accounts of religion and to assess their implications on society. It also gives a background ... More


Cognitive Science and the Evolution of Religion: A Philosophical and Theological Appraisal

Nancey Murphy

in The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557028
eISBN:
9780191701719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores how cognitive science accounts for the existence of religion, by focusing on the works of Pascal Boyer (writer of Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious ... More


Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology

Justin Barrett

in The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557028
eISBN:
9780191701719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores why belief in superhuman agents (gods) is historically and culturally common by engaging the natural properties of human thinking to function in ordinary natural and social ... More


Demonic Seduction

Kelly Bulkeley

in Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199351534
eISBN:
9780199351565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the cross-cultural religious phenomenon of demonic seduction in dreams. The prevalence of these kinds of strangely intense, sexually tinged dreams has elicited fear and ... More


Prophetic Vision

Kelly Bulkeley

in Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199351534
eISBN:
9780199351565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the cross-cultural religious phenomenon of prophetic visions in dreams. The widespread occurrence of these kinds of visually intense, future-oriented dreams has prompted both ... More


Anthropomorphism and Apophaticism

Wesley J. Wildman

in In Our Own Image: Anthropomorphism, Apophaticism, and Ultimacy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198815990
eISBN:
9780191853524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815990.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

To appreciate the risks and benefits of anthropomorphism, it is important (1) to appreciate the genius and limitations of human cognition, (2) to compare ultimacy models to see what difference ... More


Experience and Meaning

Stephen S. Bush

in Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387403
eISBN:
9780199387427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter develops a social practical account of religious experience that integrates experience and meaning and addresses the criticisms that experience is too subjective and private to serve as ... More


The Seven Deadly Sins: Meets

Wayne Glausser

in Something Old, Something New: Contemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190864170
eISBN:
9780190864200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864170.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on an old and a new approach to analyzing the seven deadly sins: Thomas Aquinas’s medieval theology, and contemporary cognitive science. As different as the two perspectives ... More


Knowing Religion

James W. Jones

in Living Religion: Embodiment, Theology, and the Possibility of a Spiritual Sense

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190927387
eISBN:
9780190927417
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190927387.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

Taking embodiment seriously impacts the way religion is theorized in the discipline of cognitive psychology and in other religious studies disciplines, including theology. This chapter describes new ... More


Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Kelly Bulkeley

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199351534
eISBN:
9780199351565
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

“Big dreams” are rare but extremely vivid forms of dreaming that make a strong, lasting impact on waking consciousness. Experiences of big dreaming have played prominent roles in religious and ... More


Something Old, Something New: Contemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity

Wayne Glausser

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190864170
eISBN:
9780190864200
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book explores a significant if underappreciated relationship between religious and secular interests. In entanglement, secularity competes with religion, but neither side achieves simple ... More


Introduction

Kelly Bulkeley

in Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199351534
eISBN:
9780199351565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The introduction explains that big dreams are the “black swans” of dream research—rare but highly impactful experiences revealing new aspects of brain/mind functioning with important relevance for ... More


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