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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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Games Scientists Play

Games Scientists Play

(p.139) 7 Games Scientists Play
The Believing Primate

Alvin Plantinga

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses what or how religious people (specifically Christians) should think about socio-biology or evolutionary psychology, given the conflict between the theories and beliefs of these disciplines. It starts with evolutionary psychology, and examples of theories that seem to be deeply problematic from a Christian perspective. It continues by presenting answers on why scientists come up with theories that conflict with Christian belief, why they are considered as defeaters for Christian belief, and what they should do in order to compensate for these happenings.

Keywords:   scientists, Christian belief, evolutionary psychology, socio-biology, religion and science conflicts, religious theories, scientific theories

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