Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't

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Oxford University Press, 2007 M12 3 - 176 páginas
Why do religious people believe what they shouldn't -- not what others think they shouldn't believe, but things that don't accord with their own avowed religious beliefs? D. Jason Slone terms this phenomenon "theological incorrectness." He argues that it exists because the mind is built in such a way that it's natural for us to think divergent thoughts simultaneously. Human minds are great at coming up with innovative ideas that help them make sense of the world, he says, but those ideas do not always jibe with official religious beliefs. From this fact we derive the important lesson that what we learn from our environment -- religious ideas, for example -- does not necessarily cause us to behave in ways consistent with that knowledge. Slone presents the latest discoveries from the cognitive science of religion and shows how they help us to understand exactly why it is that religious people do and think things that they shouldn't.
 

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A brief, yet dense and insightful examinatio nof the cognitive mechanisms underlying many of our religious inclinations. This book is especially interested in research examining the cognitive basis ... Leer comentario completo

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Is God a Notre Dame Football Fan?
3
1 Religion Is for Dummies and Romantics
7
2 Religion Is What Your Parents Say
29
3 Religion Is Perfectly Natural Not Naturally Perfect
46
4 Buddha Nature
68
5 WDGD? What Does God Do?
85
6 Id Rather Be Lucky Than Good
103
Religion Rethought
121
Bibliography
127
Index
153
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