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Science and the world's religions

Author: Patrick McNamara; Wesley J Wildman
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2012]
Series: Brain, behavior, and evolution (Westport, Conn.)
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These volumes explore existential or practical issues, drawing on whatever sciences are relevant and engaging at least two religious traditions. The first volume addresses questions about the origins and purpose of the cosmos and the human project. The second volume investigates the roles of religion and spirituality in human existence, considering issues ranging from the brain and religious experience to the human  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McNamara; Wesley J Wildman
ISBN: 9780313387326 031338732X
OCLC Number: 768417915
Description: 3 volumes (xxxviii, 288; xxxviii, 340; xxxviii, 302 pages) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Volume 1. Origins and destinies. The origins of religion / Todd Tremlin --
The problem of good (and evil): arguing about axiological origins in science and religion / F. LeRon Shults --
Sacral kingship and the origins of religious, social, and political orders / Francis Oakley and Benjamin B. Rubin --
Figurines, religion, and tradition in human evolution / Kathryn Coe, Christine S. VanPool, and Craig T. Palmer --
Does the Gaia hypothesis bring myth back to the world? / Robert A. Segal --
Perspectives on cosmogony / Varadaraja V. Raman --
Human insignificance? Cosmology and creation stories / Willem B. Drees --
Meaning and purpose in evolutionary biology / Michael Ruse --
The ultimate meaning of the human project / John F. Haught. Volume 2. Persons and groups. The origins and originators of religion / Patrick McNamara --
Religious cognition and the brain / P. Monroe Butler --
Science, theology, and the relational self / Léon Turner --
Religious and spiritual experiences / Wesley J. Wildman --
Empathy, cruelty, and religion: a cognitive-scientific perspective / John Teehan --
A new conceptual approach to religion, initiation, and social identity: a comparison of traditional Jewish and Ndembu rituals / Craig T. Palmer, Rick Goldberg, and Lyle B. Steadman --
Sacrifice and science / Kathryn McClymond and David M. Bell --
Is there such a thing as a Christian child? Evidence of religious beliefs in early childhood / Josh Rottman and Deborah Kelemen --
Adolescence and religion: an evolutionary perspective / Candace S. Alcorta --
Religion and old age: Christianity and East Asian Buddhist reflections / James W. Ellor and Ronald Y. Nakasone --
Faith and finitude: exhuming the death-denying function of religious belief / Kenneth E. Vail III, Spee Kosloff, Matthew Vess, and Dev Ashish. Volume 3. Religions and controversies. Science and Judaism/Christianity dialogue on the authority of sacred texts and leaders / Norbert M. Samuelson and J. Eugene Clay --
Religion and fanaticism (Is religion dangerous?) / James K. Wellman Jr. --
Dying for an idea: voluntary death, afterlife beliefs, and their role in the quest for immortality / Charles A. Ziegler and Benson Saler --
Science and religious supremacy: toward a naturalist theology of religions / F. LeRon Shults --
Religious experience, personal and impersonal gods, and teleology / Natasha Fredericks and Charles Taliaferro --
Religion and biological evolution: how well do they fit? / Wesley J. Wildman, John A. Darling, and Connor P. Wood --
Ennuitheism / Joseph A. Bulbulia --
Religion and magical thinking: is religion a delusion? / Richard Grigg --
Religion and the ecosphere: is religion eco-friendly? / Susan P. Bratton --
The future of an illusion : cognitive theories / William Sims Bainbridge.
Series Title: Brain, behavior, and evolution (Westport, Conn.)
Responsibility: Patrick McNamara and Wesley J. Wildman, editors.

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