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Can Science Explain Religion?

James W. Jones


Drawing on scientific research and logical argument, this book rejects the idea that findings from cognitive science weaken, if not completely undermine, religious beliefs and practices. It directly confronts claims about an inevitable conflict between science and religion, that religious belief and practice are basically irrational, and that science can and will replace religion. Rather, it demonstrates that there are more compelling approaches to the relationship between science and religion than conflict or debunking. The book suggests that disagreements about the uses of cognitive science ... More

Keywords: science and religion, evolutionary psychology, new atheists, naturalism, materialism, mind and nature, scientific explanation, religious explanation, physicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190249380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Jones, author
Distinguished Professor of Religion, Rutgers University