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God and the Brain
The Rationality of Belief
Kelly James Clark
Foreword by Justin Barrett

PAPERBACK; Published: 7/2/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7691-1
Price: $ 27.99
232 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Does cognitive science show that religious belief is irrational?

Kelly James Clark brings together science and philosophy to examine some of humanity’s more pressing questions. Is belief in God, as Richard Dawkins claims, a delusion? Are atheists smarter or more rational than religious believers? Do our genes determine who we are and what we believe? Can our very creaturely cognitive equipment help us discover truth and meaning in life? Are atheists any different from Mother Teresa? Clark’s surprising answers both defend the rationality of religious belief and contribute to the study of cognitive science.

God and the Brain explores complicated questions about the nature of belief and the human mind.

Scientifically minded, philosophically astute, and reader-friendly, God and the Brain provides an accessible overview of some new cognitive scientific approaches to the study of religion and evaluates their implications for both theistic and atheistic belief.

John Swinton
— University of Aberdeen
“There is much discussion these days, particularly among the so-called ‘New Atheists,’ as to whether religion is rational and worthy of serious consideration. What is lacking in these discussions is a serious philosophical account that critically explores the nature of rationality and moves beyond poorly thought through polemics, toward a credible, verifiable, and respectful viewpoint. Clark offers precisely such an account. Coming from the perspective of cognitive science of religion, he lays out a fresh and challenging new perspective on rationality and the nature of religion. Carefully and thoughtfully he puts the lie to some unhelpful understandings and misunderstandings about religion and religious experience and offers a new perspective that holds much promise.”
Todd Tremlin
—author of Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion
God and the Brain helps Christian theology catch up with the cognitive science of religion, today’s most important approach for making sense of religious thinking and behavior. Kelly James Clark recruits Reformed epistemology to demonstrate that the human propensity to believe in God is both perfectly natural and justifiably rational.”
Library Journal
“Those familiar with the epistemological works of Alvin Plantinga or Nicholas Wolterstorff will find Clark’s use of cognitive science a useful extension to the idea of proper function.”
Catholic Library World
God and the Brain would be an important addition to any college library with a theology/philosophy department.”
Calvin Theological Journal
“This book’s strength is that it combines philosophy and contemporary psychology, making the discussion both deep and broad.”
Religious Studies Review
“Clark makes a clear connection through neuroscience that atheism and agnosticism are associated with the same sorts of psychological biases that atheists attribute to theists.”