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religion is perfectly natural, not naturally perfect

D. Jason Slone

in Theological Incorrectness

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169263
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169263.003.0004
 religion is perfectly natural, not naturally perfect

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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 a manner that religious representations emerge naturally as an aspect of ordinary thinking. Central theories in cognitive science are reviewed to help explain why religion people believe what they shouldn’t.

Keywords: religion; cognitive approach; naturalness; human cognition; cognitive science

Chapter.  7993 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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