Does cognitive science show belief in god to be irrational? The epistemic consequences of the cognitive science of religion


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Joshua C. Thurow Thurow
University of Texas at San Antonio
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The last 15 years or so has seen the development of a fascinating new area of cognitive science: the cognitive science of religion (CSR). Scientists in this field aim to explain religious beliefs and various other religious human activities by appeal to basic cognitive structures that all humans possess. The CSR scientific theories raise an interesting philosophical question: do they somehow show that religious belief, more specifically belief in a god of some kind, is irrational? In this paper I investigate this question and argue that CSR does not show that belief in god is irrational
Keywords Religious epistemology  Cognitive science  Rationality  Justification  Religious skepticism  Evolutionary Debunking
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DOI 10.1007/s11153-011-9300-y
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