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Homo religiosus? : exploring the roots of religion and religious freedom in human experience / edited by Timothy Samuel Shah, Baylor University and Georgetown University, Jack Friedman, University of Maryland.

Contributor(s): Shah, Timothy Samuel, editor | Friedman, Jack,, 1989- editor.
Call number: BL51 H66 2018 Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge studies in religion, philosophy, and society: Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2018]Edition: First published.Description: ix, 267 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781108422352 (hbk.) ; 9781108433952 (pbk.)Subject(s): Religion -- Philosophy | Freedom of religion -- Philosophy
Contents:
Introduction / Jack Friedman and Timothy Samuel Shah -- Are human beings naturally religious? / Christian Smith -- Are human beings naturally religious? A response to Christian Smith / Phil Zuckerman -- On the naturalness of religion and religious freedom / Justin L. Barrett -- Sacred versus secular values: cognitive and evolutionary sciences of religion and their implications for religious freedom / Richard Sosis and Jordan Kiper -- Theism, naturalism, and rationality / Alvin Plantinga -- Alvin Plantinga on theism, naturalism, and rationality / Ernest Sosa -- Research on religion and health: time to be born again? / Linda K. George -- Religion, health, and happiness: an epidemiologist's perspective / Jeff Levin -- Why there is a natural right to religious freedom / Nicholas Wolterstorff -- Religious liberty, human dignity, and human goods / Christopher Tollefsen -- Human rights, public reason, and American democracy: a response to Nicholas Wolterstorff / Stephen Macedo
Summary: Are humans naturally predisposed to religion and supernatural beliefs? If so, does this naturalness provide a moral foundation for religious freedom? This volume offers a cross-disciplinary approach to these questions, engaging in a range of contemporary debates at the intersection of religion, cognitive science, sociology, anthropology, political science, epistemology, and moral philosophy. The contributors to this original and important volume present individual, sometimes opposing points of view on the naturalness of religion thesis and its implications for religious freedom. Topics include the epistemological foundations of religion, the relationship between religion and health, and a discussion of the philosophical foundations of religious freedom as a natural, universal right, drawing implications for the normative role of religion in public life. By challenging dominant intellectual paradigms, such as the secularization thesis and the Enlightenment view of religion, the volume opens the door to a powerful and provocative reconceptualization of religious freedom
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Includes index.

Introduction / Jack Friedman and Timothy Samuel Shah -- Are human beings naturally religious? / Christian Smith -- Are human beings naturally religious? A response to Christian Smith / Phil Zuckerman -- On the naturalness of religion and religious freedom / Justin L. Barrett -- Sacred versus secular values: cognitive and evolutionary sciences of religion and their implications for religious freedom / Richard Sosis and Jordan Kiper -- Theism, naturalism, and rationality / Alvin Plantinga -- Alvin Plantinga on theism, naturalism, and rationality / Ernest Sosa -- Research on religion and health: time to be born again? / Linda K. George -- Religion, health, and happiness: an epidemiologist's perspective / Jeff Levin -- Why there is a natural right to religious freedom / Nicholas Wolterstorff -- Religious liberty, human dignity, and human goods / Christopher Tollefsen -- Human rights, public reason, and American democracy: a response to Nicholas Wolterstorff / Stephen Macedo

Are humans naturally predisposed to religion and supernatural beliefs? If so, does this naturalness provide a moral foundation for religious freedom? This volume offers a cross-disciplinary approach to these questions, engaging in a range of contemporary debates at the intersection of religion, cognitive science, sociology, anthropology, political science, epistemology, and moral philosophy. The contributors to this original and important volume present individual, sometimes opposing points of view on the naturalness of religion thesis and its implications for religious freedom. Topics include the epistemological foundations of religion, the relationship between religion and health, and a discussion of the philosophical foundations of religious freedom as a natural, universal right, drawing implications for the normative role of religion in public life. By challenging dominant intellectual paradigms, such as the secularization thesis and the Enlightenment view of religion, the volume opens the door to a powerful and provocative reconceptualization of religious freedom

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