Naturalism Theism and the Cognitve Study of Religion: Religion Explained?

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Religion - 228 pages
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This book provides a critical philosophical analysis of the claim that contemporary cognitive approaches to religion undermine theistic beliefs. The book argues that such naturalism is not necessary for the cognitive study of religion and develops an alternative philosophical and methodological framework. This unique contribution to discussions regarding the philosophical and theological implications of the cognitive study of religion summarizes the so far fragmentary discussion, exposes its underlying assumptions, and develops a novel framework for further discussion.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Cognitive Theories of Religion
1
Religion as a Product of Material Causes
17
Basic Theories
55
3 The Strict Naturalist Programme and the Naturalistic Study of Religion
85
4 A Critique of the Strict Naturalist Programme and a Novel Proposal
113
5 Theism and the Naturalness of Religion
153
Bibliography
195
Index
215
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