eBook Science and the World’s Religions, 1st Edition

  • Patrick McNamara Ph.D.
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  • ISBN-10: 0313387338
  • ISBN-13: 9780313387333
  • DDC: 201.65
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 930 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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Overview

In Science and the World’s Religions, experts with scientific and religious backgrounds explore vital existential or practical issues, drawing on whatever sciences are relevant and engaging at least two religious traditions. The multidisciplinary essays exhibit rigorous intellectual, scholarly thinking but are written to clearly communicate to educated adult lay readers.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Series Foreword.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: Origins.
2: The Origins of Religion.
3: The Problem of Good (and Evil): Arguing about Axiological Origins in Science and Religion.
4: Sacral Kingship and the Origins of Religious, Social, and Political Orders.
5: Figurines, Religion, and Tradition in Human Evolution.
6: Does the Gaia Hypothesis Bring Myth Back to the World?.
7: Perspectives on Cosmogony.
8: Destinies.
9: Human Insignificance? Cosmology and Creation Stories.
10: Meaning and Purpose in Evolutionary Biology.
11: The Ultimate Meaning of the Human Project.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Volume 1 Index.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Series Foreword.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: Human Nature.
2: The Origins and Originators of Religion.
3: Religious Cognition and the Brain.
4: Science, Theology, and the Relational Self.
5: Religious and Spiritual Experiences.
6: Human Problems and Solutions.
7: Empathy, Cruelty, and Religion: A Cognitive-Scientific Perspective.
8: A New Conceptual Approach to Religion, Initiation, and Social Identity: A Comparison of Traditional Jewish and Ndembu Rituals.
9: Sacrifice and Science.
10: Human Life Cycle.
11: Is There Such a Thing as a Christian Child? Evidence of Religious Beliefs in Early Childhood.
12: Adolescence and Religion: An Evolutionary Perspective.
13: Religion and Old Age: Christianity and East Asian Buddhist Reflections.
14: Faith and Finitude: Exhuming the Death-Denying Function of Religious Belief.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Volume 2 Index.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Series Foreword.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: Science and Judaism/Christianity Dialogue on the Authority of Sacred Texts and Leaders.
2: Religion and Fanaticism (Is Religion Dangerous?).
3: Dying for an Idea: Voluntary Death, Afterlife Beliefs, and Their Role in the Quest for Immortality.
4: Science and Religious Supremacy: Toward a Naturalist Theology of Religions.
5: Religious Experience, Personal and Impersonal Gods, and Teleology.
6: Religion and Biological Evolution: How Well Do They Fit?.
7: Ennuitheism.
8: Religion and Magical Thinking: Is Religion a Delusion?.
9: Religion and the Ecosphere: Is Religion Eco-Friendly?.
10: The Future of an Illusion: Cognitive Theories.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Volume 3 Index.