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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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Explaining Belief in the Supernatural

Explaining Belief in the Supernatural

Some Thoughts on Paul Bloom’s ‘Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident’

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(p.128) 6 Explaining Belief in the Supernatural
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The Believing Primate
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Peter van Inwagen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0007

This chapter explores belief in the supernatural, which continues to be an evolutionary puzzle. It also considers the concept of an evolutionary accident. It concludes that there are causes a belief can have that would make it irrational, no matter what else was true of the believer’s history and circumstances.

Keywords:   supernatural belief, evolutionary accident, irrationalism

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