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

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EditorJeffrey Schloss, Michael Murray

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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 as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe anddiscuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections on these accounts follow, offered by leadingphilosophers, theologians, and scientists. This diverse group of scholars address some fascinating underlying questions: Do scientific accounts of religion undermine the justification of religious belief? Do such accounts show religion to be an accidental by-product of our evolutionary development?And, whilst we seem naturally disposed toward religion, would we fare better or worse without it? Bringing together dissenting perspectives, this provocative collection will serve to freshly illuminate ongoing debate on these perennial questions.

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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 as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe anddiscuss these scientific accounts as well as to as...

Jeffrey Schloss is Professor of Biology at Westmount College. Michael Murray is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jeffrey Schloss: Introduction1. Jesse Bering and Dominic Johnson: Hand of God, Mind of Man: Punishment and Cognition in the Evolution of Cooperation2. Joseph Bulbulia: Religiosity as mental time travel: cognitive adaptations for religious behavior3. Justin Barrett: Cognitive Science, Religion and Theology4. Peter J. Richerson and Lesley Newson: Is Religion Adaptive? Yes, no, neutral, but mostly we don't know5. Paul Bloom: Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident6. Peter van Inwagen: Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some thoughts on Paul Bloom's 'Religious Belief as Evolutionary Accident'7. Alvin Plantinga: Games Scientists Play8. Michael J. Murray: Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief9. Michael J. Murray and Andrew Goldberg: Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining and Explaining Away10. Charles Taliaferro: Explaining Religious Experience11. Del Ratzsch: Humanness in their hearts: Where science and religion fuse12. John Haught: Theology and Evolution: How Much Can Biology Explain13. Nancey Murphy: Cognitive Science and the Evolutionof Religion: A Philosophical and Theological Appraisal14. Christian Smith: Does Naturalism Warrant a Moral Belief in Universal Benevolence and Human Rights?15. Jonathan Haidt: Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion16. David Sloan Wilson: Evolutionary Social Constructivism: Narrowing (but not yet bridging) the Gap

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"it is impossible in a short review to do justice to these diverse treasures... this is a volume of welcome breadth and depth and is a must-read for anyone deeply interested in current science-and-religion issues." --K. Helmut Reich, ESSAT News 29/07/2009