Glass, David H. (2016) Explaining Away and the Cognitive Science of Religion. Theology and Science, 14 (3). pp. 288-304. [Journal article]
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In order to evaluate the claim that theistic belief can be explained away by science, four models of the relationship between science and theism are developed and their relevance to explaining away explored. These models are then used to evaluate an argument against theistic belief based on developments in the cognitive science of religion. It is argued that even if the processes that produce theistic belief are unreliable, this is insufficient to show that explaining away takes place. Indeed, given the difficulty of showing that the conditions for explaining away are met, it is very unlikely that such an argument can succeed.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Keywords:||Explanation; Explaining away; Cognitive Science of Religion; Evolutionary Debunking Arguments; Bayesian reasoning; Models of Science and Religion|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Computing & Engineering|
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Computer Science Research Institute|
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
|Deposited By:||Dr David Glass|
|Deposited On:||10 Oct 2016 13:48|
|Last Modified:||10 Oct 2016 13:48|
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