Religion in Scientific American and Nature

Worthwhile articles on religion are in recent issues of Scientific American and Nature. The Scientific American article cites work by Justin Barrett and others suggesting that religious belief appears connected to consciousness. In Nature, Pascal Boyer writes that we are cognitively disposed to believe, and that disbelief requires effort.

Both articles are worthwhile, and might be especially useful for students in psychology of religion courses. For more depth along these lines, a good place to start would be Barrett's book, Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (Cognitive Science of Religion Series)

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