Religion in Mind: Cognitive Perspectives on Religious Belief, Ritual, and Experience

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 2001 - Psychology - 294 pages
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Religion in Mind summarizes and extends the last decade's advances in the cognitive study of religion. Its aim is to use empirical research from psychology and anthropology to understand different components of religious belief, ritual and experience. The book draws together teachers of religion, psychologists of religion and cognitive scientists and encourages greater interdisciplinary linkages between scholars from different fields. It will be of interest to researchers in anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and cognitive science and also to the general reader interested in religion and science.
 

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Contents

towards a cognitive science of religion
1
BELIEF ACQUISITION AND THE SPREAD OF RELIGIOUS REPRESENTATIONS
45
QUESTIONING THE REPRESENTATION OF RELIGIOUS RITUAL ACTION
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EMBODIED MODELS OF RELIGION
191
Index
288
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