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Author Barrett, Justin L
Title Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology : From Human Minds to Divine Minds
Imprint West Conshohocken : Templeton Press, 2011
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Note Cover -- Half Title Page -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1: What Is Cognitive Science? -- Chapter 2: Features of Human Thought -- Chapter 3: The Cognitive Origins of Beliefs -- Chapter 4: How We Conceive of the World -- Chapter 5: How We Conceive of Humans -- Chapter 6: How We Conceive of the Divine -- Chapter 7: Cognition and Experiencing Religion -- Chapter 8: From Natural Religion to Theology -- Chapter 9: Cognitive Science and Natural Theology -- Author's Note -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology is the eighth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, well-known cognitive scientist Justin L. Barrett offers an accessible overview of this interdisciplinary field, reviews key findings in this area, and discusses the implications of these findings for religious thought and practice.   Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of minds and mental activity, and as such, it addresses a fundamental feature of what it is to be human. Further, in so far as religious traditions concern ideas and beliefs about the nature of humans, the nature of the world, and the nature of the divine, cognitive science can contribute both directly and indirectly to these theological concerns. Barrett shows how direct contributions come from the growing area called cognitive science of religion (CSR), which investigates how human cognitive systems inform and constrain religious thought, experience, and expression. CSR attempts to provide answers to questions such as: Why it is that humans tend to be religious? And why are certain ideas (e.g. the possibility of an afterlife) so cross-culturally recurrent? Barrett also covers the indirect implications that cognitive science has for theology, such as human similarities and differences with the animal world, freedom and determinism, and the relationship between minds and bodies.   Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology critically reviews the research on these fascinating questions and discusses the many implications that arise from them. In addition, this short volume also offers suggestions for future research, making it ideal not only for those looking for an overview of the field thus far, but
also for those seeking a glimpse of where the field might be going in the future
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Barrett, Justin L. Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology : From Human Minds to Divine Minds West Conshohocken : Templeton Press,c2011 9781599473819
Subject Psychology, Religious.;Cognitive science
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