God and the Brain: The Rationality of Belief

God and the Brain: The Rationality of Belief


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Does cognitive science show that religious belief is irrational?

Kelly James Clark brings together science and philosophy to examine some of humanity’s more pressing questions. Is belief in God, as Richard Dawkins claims, a delusion? Are atheists smarter or more rational than religious believers? Do our genes determine who we are and what we believe? Can our very creaturely cognitive equipment help us discover truth and meaning in life? Are atheists any different from Mother Teresa? Clark’s surprising answers both defend the rationality of religious belief and contribute to the study of cognitive science.

God and the Brain explores complicated questions about the nature of belief and the human mind.

Scientifically minded, philosophically astute, and reader-friendly, God and the Brain provides an accessible overview of some new cognitive scientific approaches to the study of religion and evaluates their implications for both theistic and atheistic belief.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802876911
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,184,936
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kelly James Clark is senior research fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University; his many other books include Written to Be Heard, Return to Reason, and When Faith Is Not Enough.

Table of Contents

Foreword Justin L. Barrett ix

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xvii

1 Disproof of Heaven? 1

2 Brain and Gods 19

3 The Rational Stance 44

4 Reason and Belief in God 72

5 Against Naturalism 102

6 Atheism, Inference, and IQ 125

7 Atheism, Autism, and Intellectual Humility 141

8 Googling God 159

Appendix: Inference, Intuition, and Rationality 177

Notes 183

Bibliography 199

Index 217

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