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Magic, Miracles, and Religion : A Scientist's Perspective - Ilkka Pyysieinen

Magic, Miracles, and Religion

A Scientist's Perspective

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Can scientists study religion? Ilkka Pyysiainen says that they can. While the study of religion cannot be reduced to other disciplines, it must not ignore what other disciplines have learned about human thought and behavior. In this collection of essays, Pyysiainen shows how findings from cognitive science can offer new directions to debates in religion. After providing a historical and theoretical overview of the cognitive science of religion, Pyysiainen demonstrates how knowledge of the mind's workings can help deconstruct such concepts as "god," "ideology," "culture," "magic," "miracles," and "religion." For scholars of religion or for scholars of the mind-brain, Magic, Miracles, and Religion provides a helpful overview to this emerging field.

Ilkka Pyysiainen's scientific unweaving of magic, miracles, and religion illuminates these universal creations of the human imagination in ways that render them even more awesome to behold.--Scott Atran, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris, France

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction; or, How I Said Goodbye to an Absent-Minded Study of Religionp. xiii
What Is It Like to Be a Believer?p. 1
A Cognitive-Scientific Perspective in the Study of Religionp. 28
Breaking Boundariesp. 39
Take the Buddha, for Examplep. 53
Religion: A Unique World, but in What Sense?p. 67
Explaining Miraclesp. 81
A New Theory of Magicp. 90
True Fiction: The Philosophy and Psychology of Religious Beliefp. 113
Rituals: Why Indeed?p. 135
Singers of Talesp. 147
Holy Book: The Invention of Writing and Religious Cognitionp. 160
Religion, Science, and Ideologyp. 172
'God' as Ultimate Reality in Religion and in Sciencep. 187
Religious Experience across Culturesp. 205
Do Cultures Exist?p. 219
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 269
About the Authorp. 277
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ISBN: 9780759106635
ISBN-10: 0759106630
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44