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Stages of ThoughtThe Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science$
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Michael Horace Barnes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.001.0001

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Stages of Thought

Michael Horace Barnes

Oxford University Press

This book offers a history of the human search for methods to determine which ideas about the world are true. It focuses on the various methods religious thinkers and scientific inquirers have used to try to distinguish truth form error. The history of such attempts follows a developmental pattern. This pattern puts current arguments about methods of knowledge in an intelligible and useful perspective. The success of the method of science runs contrary to the postmodern strategy to keep religion safe from science. The historical analysis in this book tries to show ways in which the use of rationality in religion has proved to be valuable.

Keywords:   cultural development, cognitive development, religious thought, Piaget

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