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The Believing Primate


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Jeffrey Schloss: Introduction 1: Jesse Bering and Dominic Johnson: Hand of God, Mind of Man: Punishment and Cognition in the Evolution of Cooperation 2: Joseph Bulbulia: Religiosity as mental time travel: cognitive adaptations for religious behavior 3: Justin Barrett: Cognitive Science, Religion & Theology 4: Peter J. Richerson and Lesley Newson: Is Religion Adaptive? Yes, no, neutral, but mostly we don't know 5: Paul Bloom: Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident 6: Peter van Inwagen: Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some thoughts on Paul Bloom's 'Religious Belief as Evolutionary Accident' 7: Alvin Plantinga: Games Scientists Play 8: Michael J. Murray: Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief 9: Michael J. Murray and Andrew Goldberg: Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining and Explaining Away 10: Charles Taliaferro: Explaining Religious Experience 11: Del Ratzsch: Humanness in their hearts: Where science and religion fuse 12: John Haught: Theology and Evolution: How Much Can Biology Explain 13: Nancey Murphy: Cognitive Science and the Evolutionof Religion: A Philosophical and Theological Appraisal 14: Christian Smith: Does Naturalism Warrant a Moral Belief in Universal Benevolence and Human Rights? 15: Jonathan Haidt: Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion 16: David Sloan Wilson: Evolutionary Social Constructivism: Narrowing (but not yet bridging) the Gap

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Michael Murray is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). He received his B.A. at Franklin & Marshall College, and his M.A, and Ph.D at the University of Notre Dame. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisconsin), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion.


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 *

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