9781844656448

Religion as Magical Ideology: How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality

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  • ISBN13:

    9781844656448

  • ISBN10:

    1844656446

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-08-20
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Religion as Magical Ideology examines the relationship between rationality and supernatural beliefs arguing that such beliefs are products of evolution, cognition and culture. The book does not offer a false rapprochement between reason and religion; instead, it explores their interrelationship as a series of complex adaptations between cognitive and cultural processes. Exploring the nature of the tension between religious traditions and reason, Religion as Magical Ideology develops a dual inheritance theory of religion which combines the cognitive byproduct and prosocial adaptation accounts and analyses the connection between the function of a belief and the degree of protection it gets from potential counter-evidence. With discussion ranging from individual cognitive mechanisms, general functional considerations, to the limits of evolutionary and cognitive processes, the book offers readers a systematic account of how cognition shapes religious beliefs and practices.

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