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David Fergusson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569380.001.0001

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Darwinism: How Much Does It Explain?

Darwinism: How Much Does It Explain?

(p.61) 3 Darwinism: How Much Does It Explain?
Faith and Its Critics

David Fergusson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the scope of neo-Darwinism in relation to the history of life on earth, and asks whether its explanatory power can extend to religious belief and activity. First, it discusses the compatibility of design and evolution. It argues that Darwin's case illustrates the fusion of personal and intellectual factors in one's faith position, and raises the question of whether one's beliefs can ever reach a stasis or become altogether free of incoherence. Second, it turns to the application of evolutionary psychology or cognitive science to the phenomenon of religion. It suggests that cognitive science has an important contribution to make towards an understanding of religion.

Keywords:   neo-Darwinism, Darwin, history of life, evolution, cognitive science, evolutionary psychology

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