A Natural History of Natural Theology Hardback

The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion

by Helen De Cruz; Johan De Smedt;


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A Natural History of Natural Theology

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Questions about the existence and attributes of God form the subject matter of natural theology, which seeks to gain knowledge of the divine by relying on reason and experience of the world. Arguments in natural theology rely largely on intuitions and inferences that seem natural to us, occurring spontaneously -- at the sight of a beautiful landscape, perhaps, or in wonderment at the complexity of the cosmos -- even to a nonphilosopher. In this book, Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt examine the cognitive origins of arguments in natural theology. They find that although natural theological arguments can be very sophisticated, they are rooted in everyday intuitions about purpose, causation, agency, and morality. Using evidence and theories from disciplines including the cognitive science of religion, evolutionary ethics, evolutionary aesthetics, and the cognitive science of testimony, they show that these intuitions emerge early in development and are a stable part of human cognition.
De Cruz and De Smedt analyze the cognitive underpinnings of five well-known arguments for the existence of God: the argument from design, the cosmological argument, the moral argument, the argument from beauty, and the argument from miracles. Finally, they consider whether the cognitive origins of these natural theological arguments should affect their rationality.

A Natural History of Natural Theology by Helen De Cruz; Johan De Smedt was published by MIT Press Ltd in February 2015. The ISBN for A Natural History of Natural Theology is 9780262028547.

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Page last updated 9th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherMIT Press Ltd (February 2015)
Weight440g
Number of Pages264
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780262028547
ISBN-100262028549
Product Code4313544
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