Bristol – “The cognitive science of religion – are we born to believe?”


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Alma Church Hall
29 Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2ES
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Dr Lisa Goddard – “The cognitive science of religion – are we born to believe?”

People, especially children, are naturally inclined to be religious. That’s the view of the new Cognitive Science of Religion. This increasingly popular research area offers natural explanations for the origins of religious beliefs and their persistence in human societies. It does so without making any reference to the existence of supernatural beings or spiritual realities. Does this undermine religious belief? Does it disprove God’s existence? And are children really natural theists? Lisa will be exploring these questions and others from a theological perspective. This talk is a contribution to the wider dialogue with the Cognitive Science of Religion that has been taking place in the CiS sponsored journal Science and Christian Belief.

Friday 10 June 2016, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Alma Church Hall, 29 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2ES

No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £4, to cover costs.

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