Psyc317 Lec 12 Notes

Psyc317 Lec 12 Notes - Psyc317: Lec 12 Notes: Religion...

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Psyc317: Lec 12 Notes: Religion 12/10/2007 12:16:00 Religion, Paul Bloom Why doesn’t Yale offer a course in the psychology of religion? Perhaps religious belief is not a proper object of scientific study o But why not? Even if religious statements are separate from science,  belief in such statements in standard psychological phenomena Perhaps religious belief is not important…at least not for modern people o Is this true? How common are religious beliefs Miracles, angels, the devil 50%+ Jesus was raised from the dead 67% God created humans and other animals, either directly or by  guiding evolution 72% Belief in God 96% Is this a Red State / Blue State thing? One of America’s two political parties is extremely religious. 61% of  Democratic voters say they pray daily or more often. An astounding 92% of  them believe in life after death. What about the most Godless people on earth? Even those who don’t consider themselves religious can consider themselves  spiritual, or engage in pray/meditation Religious belief is important Art, music, fiction
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Law, morality, social norms War and peace So why doesn’t yale have a course on psych of religion? Because religion is  taboo. David Hume As every enquiry which regards religion is of the utmost importance, there are  two questions in particular which challenge our attention – that concerning its  foundation in reason, and that  concerning its origin in human nature Some questions that the psychology of religion is concerned with
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