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Stages of Thought: The Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science

Michael Horace Barnes

Abstract

This book examines a pattern of cognitive development that has evolved over thousands of years—a pattern manifest in both science and religion. It describes how the major world cultures built upon our natural human language skills to add literacy, logic, and, now, a highly critical self-awareness. In tracing the histories of both scientific and religious thought, the book shows why we think the way that we do today. Although religious and scientific modes of thought are often portrayed as contradictory—one is highly rational while the other appeals to tradition and faith—the book argues that t ... More

Keywords: cognitive development, scientific thought, religious thought, language skills, literacy, logic, self-awareness, Piaget

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Horace Barnes, author