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Why Would Anyone Believe in God? : Cognitive Science of Religion Series - Justin L. Barrett

Why Would Anyone Believe in God?

Cognitive Science of Religion Series

Paperback

Published: 28th May 2004
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Because of the design of our minds. That is Justin Barrett's simple answer to the question of his title. With rich evidence from cognitive science but without technical language, psychologist Barrett shows that belief in God is an almost inevitable consequence of the kind of minds we have. Most of what we believe comes from mental tools working below our conscious awareness. And what we believe consciously is in large part driven by these unconscious beliefs. Barrett demonstrates that beliefs in gods match up well with these automatic assumptions; beliefs in an all-knowing, all-powerful God match up even better. Barrett goes on to explain why beliefs like religious beliefs are so widespread and why it is very difficult for our minds to think without them. Anyone who wants a concise, clear, and scientific explanation of why anyone would believe in God should pick up Barrett's book. Visit our website for sample chapters!

A brilliant and challenging presentation of the cognitive study of religion, by a psychologist who practically invented the field. Barrett marries exceptional conceptual rigour with an easy, accessible style. This should provide a much-needed guide for students and scholars of religion as well as a roadmap for future developments in the field.--Pascal Boyer, Washington University in St. Louis, Author of Religion Explained

Preface
What does it mean to "believe"?p. 1
Where do beliefs in gods come from? : religious concepts as minimally counterintuitivep. 21
Where do beliefs in gods come from? : finding agents everywherep. 31
Where do beliefs in gods come from? : additional factors that contribute to gods' credibilityp. 45
How religious actions enhance belief in godsp. 61
The naturalness of belief in Godp. 75
The naturalness of believing in minds : an analog for understanding belief in Godp. 95
Why would anyone not believe in God?p. 107
In conclusionp. 119
Glossaryp. 125
Referencesp. 129
Indexp. 137
About the authorp. 141
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ISBN: 9780759106673
ISBN-10: 0759106673
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 28th May 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.94  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.25