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.
This apologetics primer tackles children's big questions about God--Who is He? Why should I believe in Him?--while opening their eyes and hearts to His glory.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pyysiainen 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 Pyysiainen, 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. Pyysiainen 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.
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!
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."
Dieses biblisch fundierte Buch wird Ihnen helfen, Gottes besondere Pläne für Ihr Leben zu entdecken. Rick Warren begleitet Sie durch eine 42-tägige geistliche Reise, die Ihre Antwort auf die wichtigste Frage des Lebens verändern wird: "Warum lebe ich eigentlich"? Gottes Berufung für sich zu kennen wird Stress reduzieren, Ihre Energien bündeln, Ihre Entscheidungen vereinfachen und Ihrem Leben einen Sinn geben. Dass Sie leben, war kein kosmischer Unfall. Schon vor der Erschaffung des Universums hatte Gott eine genaue Vorstellung von Ihnen und schuf Sie zu einem bestimmten Ziel und Sinn. Finden Sie ihn heraus! Die Erstausgabe dieses Buches avancierte zum weltweiten Bestseller und ist das meistverkaufte Sachbuch Nordamerikas. Diese Neuauflage wurde sprachlich überarbeitet und um zwei Kapitel ergänzt ("Die Neid-Falle" und "Die Gefallsucht-Falle"). Darüber hinaus enthält jedes der 42 Kapitel QR-Codes bzw. Links zu Websites, auf denen Sie ergänzend ca. 40-50 Minuten lange vertiefende Predigten von Rick Warren zum jeweiligen Thema finden (in Originalsprache).
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.
Despite all the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the United States remains one of the most religious nations on Earth. In fact, 95% of Americans believe in God--a level of agreement rarely seen in American life. The greatest divisions in America are not between atheists and believers, or even between people of different faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking book shows, is how we conceive of God and the role He plays in our daily lives. America's Four Gods draws on the most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and illuminating survey of American's religious beliefs ever conducted to offer a systematic exploration of how Americans view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that many of America's most intractable social and political divisions emerge from religious convictions that are deeply held but rarely openly discussed. Drawing upon original survey data from thousands of Americans and a wealth of in-depth interviews from all parts of the country, Froese and Bader trace America's cultural and political diversity to its ultimate source--differing opinions about God. They show that regardless of our religious tradition (or lack thereof), Americans worship four distinct types of God: The Authoritative God--who is both engaged in the world and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and helps us in spite of our failings; The Critical God--who catalogs our sins but does not punish them (at least not in this life); and The Distant God--who stands apart from the world He created. The authors show that these four conceptions of God form the basis of our worldviews and are among the most powerful predictors of how we feel about the most contentious issues in American life. Accessible, insightful, and filled with the voices of ordinary Americans discussing their most personal religious beliefs, America's Four Gods provides an invaluable portrait of how we view God and therefore how we view virtually everything else.
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
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.
»Ein großes Buch ... diese imponierende Synthese, die eine Quelle der Inspiration bleiben wird, wenn einmal ein Großteil der heutigen theologischen Produktion vergessen ist.« Joseph Ratzinger in Theologische Revue »In diesem Buch liegt Sprengstoff für manche theologische Verkrustungen, Zündstoff für Kettenreaktionen neuen Denkens in der Kirche.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung »Daß Rahner in großartiger Weise modern denkt, indem er naturwissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse wirklich verarbeitet und über alles Individuelle hinaus auch Natur- und Weltgeschichte mitbedenkt, dafür kann ihm nicht genug gedankt werden.« Neue Züricher Zeitung