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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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
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