Idolatry, Indifference, and the Scientific Study of Religion: Two New Humean Arguments

Religious Studies:1-21 (2018)

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Dan Linford
Purdue University
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We utilize contemporary cognitive and social science of religion to defend a controversial thesis: the human cognitive apparatus gratuitously inclines humans to religious activity oriented around entities other than the God of classical theism. Using this thesis, we update and defend two arguments drawn from David Hume: (i) the argument from idolatry, which argues that the God of classical theism does not exist, and (ii) the argument from indifference, which argues that if the God of classical theism exists, God is indifferent to our religious activity.
Keywords divine hiddenness  theism  atheism  evolutionary debunking  cognitive science  Hume  theology  philosophy of religion  idolatry
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