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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’

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

Peter van Inwagen

Oxford University Press

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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