i'd rather be lucky than good

D. Jason Slone

in Theological Incorrectness

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169263
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835256 | DOI:
 i'd rather be lucky than good

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People believe in luck and even perform rituals to improve their luck. The belief in luck results from cognitive strategies that people use in their daily lives. This belief differs from religious belief only by degree, because both involve the presumption of agency at work in the world. The essential difference is that the agents of religious traditions are less ambiguously represented than the “agents” of luck.

Keywords: luck; religion; agency; religious belief

Chapter.  6921 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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