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Explaining Away and the Cognitive Science of Religion

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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DOI: 10.1080/14746700.2016.1191879


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
ID Code:35993
Deposited By: Dr David Glass
Deposited On:10 Oct 2016 13:48
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 23:23

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