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Theological IncorrectnessWhy Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't$
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D. Jason Slone

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195169263.001.0001

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Religion Rethought

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Theological Incorrectness

D. Jason Slone

Oxford University Press

People believe what they shouldn’t because they have active minds that are continuously engaged in the construction of novel thoughts, and in the transformation of culturally transmitted ideas. The key to understanding religion is to identify the aspects of cognition that constrain religious behavior. Given the fact that religion is a natural by-product of cognition, studies of religion should include cognitive psychology in addition to theology and ethnography.

Keywords:   religion, religious behavior, cognition, cognitive psychology

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