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Jerry Coyne and his empty vase

On his personal blog, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne has given his opinion of Thomas Nagel’s review of Plantinga’s book. To those familiar with Coyne’s rantings about everything religious, it will come as no surprise that Coyne has no respect for Nagel’s appeal to Plantinga’s position. However, if you read Nagel’s review and Coyne’s review of…

Jesse Bering: “The God Instinct” (Part 2)

In this post the second, revised part of my final evaluation of Jesse Bering’s The God Instinct (in the US published as The Belief Instinct). FOR DUTCH VISITORS: De Nederlandse samenvatting van Berings boek, is in delen HIER te vinden. Jesse Bering, The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life.…

Jesse Bering: “The God Instinct” (Part 1)

A while ago, I read Jesse Bering’s The God Instinct (which is the British title, in the US the book was published as The Belief Instinct). It’s a highly stimulating book and one of the more interesting contributions to both the science and religion debate as well as the debate concerning atheism. I published my…

LeRon Shults on evolution and original sin

A lot of people believe that evolutionary theory is in deep conflict with the basic ideas of Christian theology – including US pastors. One of those conflicts is about the first humans, Adam and Eve. Many creationists point out that if you don’t accept that Adam and Eve have ever lived, you also have to…

US Protestant Pastors overwhelmingly creationists?

Quite disturbing news today. A poll by LifeWay Research shows that apparently many US protestant pastors have big issues with evolutionary theory. 74% of the pastors believe that Adam and Eve were real people, and 64% reject the claim that God used evolution to create people. A startling conclusion follows: “Recently discussions have pointed to…

Justin Barrett’s forthcoming book: “Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Beliefs”

Earlier I posted about a recent article by Justin Barrett. During the Calvin College seminar last year, Barrett also told the participants about a book that he was in the process of writing. It wasn’t his Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (Templeton Press 2011; also available in a very…

The Cognitive Science of Religion: challenges and opportunities

Last year (2011) I participated in a two-weeks seminar at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, on the Cognitive Science of Religion. The seminar was run by Dr. Justin Barrett, a cognitive psychologist and one of the “big shots” in the field of CSR. It was a very interesting experience, and it made me realize that…

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