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  1. Gregory R. Peterson (2014). On McCauley's Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not: Some Further Observations. Zygon 49 (3):716-727.
    Robert McCauley's Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not provides a summary interpretive statement of the standard model in cognitive science of religion, what I have previously called the HADD + ToM + Cultural Epidemiology model, along with a more general argument comparing religious cognition to scientific thinking and a novel framework for understanding both in terms of the concept of the maturationally natural. I here follow up on some observations made in a previous paper, developing them in light (...)
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  2. Gregory R. Peterson (2013). Is Eating Locally a Moral Obligation? Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (2):421-437.
    Advocates of eating locally offer a wide range of arguments in favor of the practice, but their ethical import is not always clear. Some locavore statements and arguments seem to imply a strong form of moral obligation; that eating locally is not merely instrumental to some other good, but has intrinsic value in its own right. This article examines standard arguments on behalf of eating locally, including arguments linked to the value of small farms and agrarianism, the environment, taste and (...)
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  3. Gregory R. Peterson (2012). Rethinking Human Nature: A Multidisciplinary Approach, By Malcolm Jeeves. Zygon 47 (1):241-243.
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  4. Gregory R. Peterson (2011). God Soul Mind Brain: A Neuroscientist's Reflections on the Spirit World by Michael S.A. Graziano. Zygon 46 (2):503-504.
  5. Gregory R. Peterson (2010). Are Evolutionary/Cognitive Theories of Religion Relevant for Philosophy of Religion? Zygon 45 (3):545-557.
    Biological theories of religious belief are sometimes understood to undermine the very beliefs they are describing, proposing an alternative explanation for the causes of belief different from that given by religious believers themselves. This article surveys three categories of biological theorizing derived from evolutionary biology, cognitive science of religion, and neuroscience. Although each field raises important issues and in some cases potential challenges to the legitimacy of religious belief, in most cases the significance of these theories for the holding of (...)
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  6. Gregory R. Peterson (2010). Stage-Two Secularity and the Future of Theology-and-Science. Zygon 45 (2):506-516.
    Charles Taylor has recently provided an in-depth exploration of secularity, with a central characteristic being the understanding that religious commitment is optional. This essay extends this analysis, considering the possibility that American society may be entering a second stage of secularity, one in which the possibility of religious commitment ceases to be an option at all for many. The possible implications of such a development are considered for the theology-and-science dialogue.
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  7. Gregory R. Peterson (2009). A Hard Problem Indeed. Zygon 44 (1):19-29.
    Owen Flanagan's The Really Hard Problem provides a rich source of reflection on the question of meaning and ethics within the context of philosophical naturalism. I affirm the title's claim that the quest to find meaning in a purely physical universe is indeed a hard problem by addressing three issues: Flanagan's claim that there can be a scientific/empirical theory of ethics (eudaimonics), that ethics requires moral glue, and whether, in the end, Flanagan solves the hard problem. I suggest that he (...)
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  8. Gregory R. Peterson (2009). Review of Michael Martin, Ed., the Cambridge Companion to Atheism. [REVIEW] Sophia 48 (4):509-510.
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  9. Gregory R. Peterson (2008). In Praise of Folly? Theology and the University. Zygon 43 (3):563-577.
    To suppose the possibility of dialogue between theology and science is to suppose that theology is an intellectually worthy partner to engage in dialogue with science. The status of theology as a discipline, however, remains contested, one sign of which is the absence of theology from the university. I argue that a healthy theology-science dialogue would benefit from the presence of theology as an academic discipline in the university. Theology and theologians would benefit from the much closer contact with university (...)
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  10. Gregory R. Peterson (2008). Maintaining Respectability: Response to Nicholaos Jones. Zygon 43 (3):593-598.
    Nicholaos Jones argues that theology is not a respectable discipline because of its inability to meet the standards of contemporary science. Although Jones makes a bold claim, I suggest that he has not made his case by focusing on the question of defining science and metaphysics appropriately, the analysis of the literature he cites, and his central claim that theology presupposes the absolute certainty of God.
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  11. Gregory R. Peterson (2008). Uniqueness, the Image of God, and the Problem of Method: Engaging Van Huyssteen. Zygon 43 (2):467-474.
    Wentzel van Huyssteen's book Alone in the World? provides a thoughtful and nuanced account of human evolution from a theological perspective. Not only does his work provide what is perhaps the only sustained theological reflection specifically on human evolution, but his working through of many of the issues, particularly on the image of God literature in theology, has few parallels. Despite this, I focus on what I consider to be several weaknesses of the text, including areas of theological method, theological (...)
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  12. Gregory R. Peterson & Nicholaos Jones (2008). Theology, the University, Metaphysics, and Respectability: In Praise of Folly? Theology and the University. Zygon 43 (3):563-604.
     
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  13. Gregory R. Peterson (2007). Whither Theology and Science? Zygon 42 (3):583-586.
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  14. Gregory R. Peterson (2007). Why the New Atheism Shouldn't Be (Completely) Dismissed. Zygon 42 (4):803-806.
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  15. Antje JackklEn, Philip Clayton & Gregory R. Peterson (2006). Henry Stapp on Quantum Mechanics, Spirit, Mind, and Moralitv. Zygon 41 (3-4):776.
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  16. Gregory R. Peterson (2006). Species of Emergence. Zygon 41 (3):689-712.
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  17. Gregory R. Peterson (2006). Theology and the Science Wars: Who Owns Human Nature? Zygon 41 (4):853-862.
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  18. Harold J. Morowitz, Charley D. Hardwick, Ann Pederson, Gregory R. Peterson, Karl E. Peters, Nicole Schmitz-Moormann, James F. Salmon, S. J. Paul H. Carr, Michael W. DeLashmutt & James E. Huchingson (2005). Science Looks at Spirituality David Hay and Spirituality as a Natural Phenomenon: Bringing Pawel M. Socha Biological and Psychological Perspectives Together Ellen Goldberg Cognitive Science and Hathayoga. Zygon 40 (3-4):788.
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  19. Gregory R. Peterson (2005). Dancing with Karl Peters. Zygon 40 (3):691-700.
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  20. Gregory R. Peterson (2005). Forty Years Later: What Have We Accomplished? Zygon 40 (4):875-890.
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  21. Gregory R. Peterson (2004). Do Split Brains Listen to Prozac? Zygon 39 (3):555-576.
    . Cognitive science challenges our understandings of self and freedom. In this article, adapted from a chapter in Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences , I review some of the scientific literature with regard to issues of self and freedom. I argue that our sense of self is a construct and heavily dependent on the kind of brain that we have. Furthermore, understanding the issue of freedom requires an understanding of the findings of cognitive science. Human beings are constrained (...)
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  22. Gregory R. Peterson (2004). MindingMinding God: A Response to Spezio and Bielfeldt. Zygon 39 (3):605-614.
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  23. Gregory R. Peterson (2004). The Created Co-Creator: What It is and is Not. Zygon 39 (4):827-840.
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  24. Gregory R. Peterson (2004). What Does Silicon Valley Have to Do with Jerusalem? Zygon 39 (3):541-554.
    . Adapted from the introductory chapter of Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences , I here lay out a general approach for a dialogue between theology and cognitive science. Key to this task is an understanding of theology as the science or study of meaning and purpose. I give reasons why theology should be thought of in this sense and the potential fruitfulness of this approach.
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  25. Gregory R. Peterson (2003). Being Conscious of Marc Bekoff: Thinking of Animal Self-Consciousness. Zygon 38 (2):247-256.
    The preceding article by Marc Bekoff reveals much about our current understanding of animal self-consciousness and its implications. It also reveals how much more there is to be said and considered. This response briefly examines animal self-consciousness from scientific, moral, and theological perspectives. As Bekoff emphasizes, self-consciousness is not one thing but many. Consequently, our moral relationship to animals is not simply one based on a graded hierarchy of abilities. Furthermore, the complexity of animal self-awareness can serve as stimulus for (...)
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  26. Gregory R. Peterson (2003). Demarcation and the Scientistic Fallacy. Zygon 38 (4):751-761.
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  27. Gregory R. Peterson (2002). Emergence and Supervenience. Tradition and Discovery 29 (3):23-27.
    Philip Clayton has put forth a clear and important position regarding the mind-body relationship in terms of supervenient and emergent realities. While I agree with Clayton on many points, I argue that there are important problems with current literature on supervenience and emergence. In particular, I distinguish between closed system emergence and open system emergence, suggesting that Clayton’s position is closer to the latter than the former.
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  28. Gregory R. Peterson (2002). Mysterium Tremendum. Zygon 37 (2):237-254.
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  29. Gregory R. Peterson (2002). The Intelligent-Design Movement: Science or Ideology? Zygon 37 (1):7-23.
    The past decade has seen the rise of a new wave of criticism of evolutionary biology, led by claims that it should be replaced by a new science of intelligent design. While the general question of inferring design may fairly be considered worthy of attention, claims that intelligent‐design theory constitutes a biological science are highly problematic. This article briefly summarizes the assertions made about IDT as a biological science and indicates why they do not stand up to analysis. While claiming (...)
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  30. Gregory R. Peterson (2001). Religion as Orienting Worldview. Zygon 36 (1):5-19.
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  31. Gregory R. Peterson (2001). The Matter of Religion and Science: Response to Huston Smith. Zygon 36 (2):215-222.
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  32. Gregory R. Peterson (2001). Theology: Reduction or Autonomy? Zygon 36 (4):597-614.
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  33. Gregory R. Peterson (2001). Whither Panentheism? Zygon 36 (3):395-405.
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  34. Gregory R. Peterson (2000). God, Determinism, and Action: Perspectives From Physics. Zygon 35 (4):881-890.
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  35. Gregory R. Peterson (2000). God, Genes, and Cognizing Agents. Zygon 35 (3):469-480.
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  36. Gregory R. Peterson (2000). Going Public: Science-and-Religion at a Crossroads. Zygon 35 (1):13-24.
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  37. Gregory R. Peterson (2000). Whose Evolution? Which Theology? Zygon 35 (2):221-232.
    The importance of scientific conflicts for theology andphilosophy is difficult to judge. In many disputes of significance, prominent scientists can be found on both sides. Profound philosophical and religious implications are sometimes said to be implied by the new theory as well. This article examines the dispute over natural selection between Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould as a contemporary instance of such a conflict. While both claim that profound philosophical conclusions flow from their own alternativeaccount of evolution, I suggest (...)
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  38. Gregory R. Peterson, Religious Metaphor Ursula Goodenough, What Is Religious Naturalism, Vajrayana Art & Iconography Jensine Andresen (2000). Think Pieces. Zygon 35 (2):217.
     
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  39. Rausch Albright, Joel Haugen & Gregory R. Peterson (1999). What Shall We Make ofWolfhart Pannenberg? A Symposium on Beginning with the End: God, Science, and Wolfliart Pannenberg (Eds., Carol. Zygon 34 (1):139.
     
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  40. Gregory R. Peterson (1999). The Evolution of Consciousness and the Theology of Nature. Zygon 34 (2):283-306.
  41. Gregory R. Peterson (1999). Where Do We Go From Here? Zygon 34 (1):139-149.
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  42. Gregory R. Peterson (1997). Cognitive Science: What One Needs to Know. Zygon 32 (4):615-627.
  43. Gregory R. Peterson (1997). Minds and Bodies: Human and Divine. Zygon 32 (2):189-206.
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