In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, offers a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes of religious belief in the same way any scientist would investigate the movement of astronomical bodies or the evolution of life over time—that is, as a purely natural phenomenon. Providing compelling evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and related fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, presents an easily accessible and exceptionally convincing case that god(s) were created by man—not vice versa. With this slim volume, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-read thinker and leading voice on the primacy of reason and science over superstition and religion.
Because of the design of our minds. That is Justin Barrett's simple answer to the question of his title. With rich evidence from cognitive science but without technical language, psychologist Barrett shows that belief in God is an almost inevitable consequence of the kind of minds we have. Most of what we believe comes from mental tools working below our conscious awareness. And what we believe consciously is in large part driven by these unconscious beliefs. Barrett demonstrates that beliefs in gods match up well with these automatic assumptions; beliefs in an all-knowing, all-powerful God match up even better. Barrett goes on to explain why beliefs like religious beliefs are so widespread and why it is very difficult for our minds to think without them. Anyone who wants a concise, clear, and scientific explanation of why anyone would believe in God should pick up Barrett's book.
The cognitive science of religion is a rapidly growing field whose practitioners apply insights from advances in cognitive science in order to provide a better understanding of religious impulses, beliefs, and behaviors. In this book Ilkka Pyysi?inen shows how this methodology can profitably be used in the comparative study of beliefs about superhuman agents. He begins by developing a theoretical outline of the basic, modular architecture of the human mind and especially the human capacity to understand agency. He then goes on to discuss examples of supernatural agency in detail, arguing that the human ability to attribute beliefs and desires to others forms the basis of conceptions of supernatural agents and of such social cognition in which supernatural agents are postulated as interested parties in social life. Beliefs about supernatural agency are natural, says Pyysi?inen, in the sense that such concepts are used in an intuitive and automatic fashion. Two dots and a straight line below them automatically trigger the idea of a face, for example. Given that the mind consists of a host of such modular mechanisms, certain kinds of beliefs will always have a selective advantage over others. Abstract theological concepts are usually elaborate versions of such simpler and more contagious folk conceptions. Pyysi?inen uses ethnographical and survey materials as well as doctrinal treatises to show that there are certain recurrent patterns in beliefs about supernatural agents both at the level of folk-religion and of formal theology.
Gott ist von Menschen gemacht J. Anderson Thomson und Clare Aukofer gehen in diesem kompakten und prägnanten Werk der Frage nach, wie und warum der Geist des Menschen religiöse Überzeugungen hervorbringt. Thomson, der sich in forensischer Psychiatrie und Evolutionspsychologie einen Namen gemacht hat, untersucht die Bestandteile und Ursachen des religiösen Glaubens genauso systematisch, wie ein Wissenschaftler die Bewegungen der Himmelskörper oder die Evolution des Lebens analysiert: Für ihn sind sie ein ganz und gar natürliches Phänomen. Gemeinsam mit Clare Aukofer trägt er gewichtige Belege aus Psychologie, neurowissenschaftlicher Kognitionsforschung und verwandten Fachgebieten zusammen und legt so leicht verständlich und überzeugend dar, dass Gott (oder die Götter) von Menschen erschaffen wurden und nicht umgekehrt. Mit diesem schmalen Band empfiehlt sich Thomson gleichermaßen als lesenswerter Autor wie als führende Stimme in dem Bemühen, Vernunft und Wissenschaft den Vorrang gegenüber Religion und Aberglauben zu verschaffen.
A call to action to address people's psychological and social motives for a belief in God, rather than debate the existence of God With every argument for theism long since discredited, the result is that atheism has become little more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. Thus, engaging in interminable debate with religious believers about the existence of God has become exactly the wrong way for nonbelievers to try to deal with misguided—and often dangerous—belief in a higher power. The key, author James Lindsay argues, is to stop that particular conversation. He demonstrates that whenever people say they believe in "God," they are really telling us that they have certain psychological and social needs that they do not know how to meet. Lindsay then provides more productive avenues of discussion and action. Once nonbelievers understand this simple point, and drop the very label of atheist, will they be able to change the way we all think about, talk about, and act upon the troublesome notion called "God."
Like children performing for our parents in a backyard play, we long to receive the applause, the approval, the divine "well done" of our heavenly Father. This Bible study is about how we can please God--not by following legalistic rules but by putting our trust in Christ. As we grow in our relationship with him, we see how godly character flows from a clear conscience and a sincere heart.
Our vision of God varies by culture. It has changed over the millennia. We no longer believe in the pagan gods of the Romans and Greeks. Why should we expect that our current view of God will not change? Scientific knowledge and discovery is occurring at a pace never before experienced in human history. Yet our concept of God remains mired in the 15th century. This is about to change. It will become increasingly difficult for religions to convince believers educated in modern science to blindly accept as truth religious dogmas conceived centuries ago. Religious scripture is a combination of literature, myth and superstition. Science will invalidate many of these myths. This is why intelligent design advocates fear science.
Addiction is a wicked disease that menaces its way into a person's life and gradually destroys the joy of living. Whatever the addicition, there comes a moment when one must face the truth about one's self. Thinning with the Angels is the story of an addict who faced with certain death decided to seek the path to new life. By overcoming a number of adversities, Jo Therese Fahres was able to step out of the bondage of doom and into a path of light. Her story is one of hope as she tells her story of what she found to be essential to choosing life again. I would also like a few testimonials, an excerpt from the author page and the bar code. Testimonials This book will speak to your heart and soul. Spiritual energy and health are inseparable. The greatest lessons from her personal journey are not so much about what she lost, but in what she gained. She is a beacon of hope, light, wisdom, and truth to all those seeking to find their way out of morbid obesity. ---- Dr. Cindy Solliday-McRoy Thinning with the Angels is the narrative of one person's tastes at the buffet called Life. Some tastes linger and some pass quickly. Jo Therese Fahres invites us to listen to how she has been nourished and undernourished, weakened and finally strengthened at a banquet that eventually brings her to a balanced diet of God's love and presence. ----Fr. Joseph Juknialis, Author It is never about the food, or the cigarettes, or the drugs, or the violence. It's the way we cope. ---- Sue Wroblewski, R.N.
Ach du heilige Pfeife – Flavia zieht alle Register! Sie steckt ihre Nase überall hinein und befördert jeden noch so tief vergrabenen Hinweis ans Licht – die elfjährige Flavia de Luce ist Hobbydetektivin aus Leidenschaft. Als sie ihre Nase zur Abwechslung in eine alte Kirchengruft steckt, rechnet sie allerdings nicht damit, eine verhältnismäßig frische Leiche ans Licht zu befördern. Aus dem Grab des Kirchenheiligen von Bishop's Lacey blickt ihr der ermordete Kirchenorganist hinter einer grotesken Gasmaske entgegen. Wer hatte einen Grund, Mr. Collicutt zu töten, und wieso hat er die Leiche hier, an diesem heiligen Ort, versteckt? Ein neuer Fall für die brillante Flavia!
Our world is inundated with war, poverty, disease, economic crises, terrorism, unemployment, fatherlessness, addictions, divorce, abortion, sex trafficking, racism, depression and anxiety, information and stimulation overload, and the list goes on and on. Where do people find relief? How do people find true peace and hope? Do they find it? Do they even find it in church, or do they endlessly and hopelessly search? Truth Therapy is a devotional strategy for spiritual formation and discipleship that employs scripture, basic Christian truths, the names of God, and faith affirmations blended with cognitive-behavioral theory. It is an intentional approach that tackles many of the maladies of our day that impede believers from growing and overcoming in Christ, such as stress, worry, fear, depression, and anxiety. The fundamental premises of Truth Therapy are that lies bind us, but the truth sets us free. The lies we believe are the primary weapons used to defeat us, while the truth we believe can be the key to setting us free. Truth Therapy provides a framework for identifying and evaluating the lies we believe and replacing those lies with the truth found in the word of God for every area of our life. Truth Therapy can be used in multiple settings, such as personal devotions, group devotions, small group study, discipleship, counseling, and in intercession.
The reflections contained in A Season of Rebirth invite us to ponder our lives and to open our listening hearts to the voice of God so that our Lent can truly be a Lent in its deepest sense mdash; a spring that buds forth new life.
Named a 2007 Book of Distinction by the Sir John Templeton Foundation. The special edition of this award winning book celebrates the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Since, even before, the publication of Darwin's seminal work on evolution, science and religion have often been at odds. Even today culture wars continue to rage. How can I be faithful to God and fully enjoy the progress of science? Who is Charles Darwin and what did he actually say? Can you believe in God and evolution? Does teaching evolution corrupt our social values? How can you connect science and faith? Can science be a Christian vocation? So how can we interpret the creation story in the Bible? Authors Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett give a balanced discussion of the impact of evolution to help church leaders understand the values at stake. They make the convincing case that Christians can connect their faith in God with a scientific understanding of evolution with integrity
Of the many signs suggesting that the Lord's return is near, two in particular are of great interest and have major implications for American Christians. (Social Issues)
The Author Is A Staunch Theist Firmly Persuaded Of The Existence Of A Supreme Being As Good As He Is Powerful, Who Has Formed All Things...The Author Does Not Join Any Of The Sects Which All Contradict One Another. His Religion Is The Most Ancient And The Most Widespread; For The Simple Worship Of God Preceded All The So-Called 'Religious' Systems Of The World. He Speaks In A Language Which All People Understand, While They Do Not Understand One Another. He Counts All The Sages For His Fellows. He Believes That Religion Consists Neither In The Opinions Of An Unintelligible Metaphysics Nor In Vain Shows But In Worship And In Justice. To Do Good Is His Worship, To Submit To God Is His Creed.... This Book Believe In God But Not In Religion] Comes With A Mission. A.N. Prasad Engineer-Emeritus And Litterateur
Kann ich glauben, auch wenn mir Schlimmes widerfahren ist? - Trost und Hilfe von einem, der ein Tal voller Tränen durchwandert hat - Eine glaubwürdige Anregung, Gott auch im Leid als gütig und gerecht anzunehmen Wie kann Gott es zulassen, dass Menschen, die an ihn glauben und ihr Leben an ihm ausrichten, von schweren Schicksalsschlägen getroffen werden? Harald Kushner schrieb dieses Buch aus Anlass der Krankheit und des Todes seines Sohnes. Er gibt hier Anregungen, wie Betroffene mit dem menschlichen Leid und der damit verbundenen Frage nach der Gerechtigkeit Gottes umgehen können. Für sich beantwortet Kushner die Frage der Theodizee, indem er Gott seine Allmacht abspricht und sagt, dass Gott nicht die Quelle des Leids ist und es auch nicht verhindern kann. Dieses Buch bietet von Leid betroffenen Menschen Trost und wirkliche Hilfe.
Leading religious and cultural commentator, Peter Berger, exploreshow and what we can believe in modern times. Deals clearly with questions such as ‘Does God exist?What was so special about Jesus? How can one be Christian in apluralistic society? Structured around key phrases from the Apostles’Creed. Draws on the Christian theological tradition and the work ofother relevant thinkers, such as Freud and Simone Weil. The author takes the position of an open-minded sceptic,exploring his own beliefs.
The purpose of this book is to answer questions for someone who is a believer or a non believer. It will give the reader an understanding of the three persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As a person reads, he will begin to understand the reason for intelligent life or the existence of the human race. He will know where he came from or where he is going, which will be determined by the choices he makes. It gives an account of man, his relationship with God before he fell, and his new relationship after being “born again.” It unmasks the devil and teaches Christians how to live a victorious life.

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