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The Believing PrimateScientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion$
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Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.001.0001

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Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion 1

Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion 1

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The Believing Primate

Jonathan Haidt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how moral psychology gives out proof and evidence on how it defines morality, the way it is not described by religion. It begins by stating the new synthesis in moral psychology: intuitive primacy but not dictatorship, moral thinking is for social doing, morality binds and builds, and morality is about more than harm and fairness. It argues that applying these new syntheses produces foundations which may lead to New Atheism, and refutes what religion has believed in.

Keywords:   moral psychology, religion, god, New Atheism

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