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From AwayPoint on YouTube: Why The God Hypothesis is Obsolete

Christianity Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 8.  (Last in Series) Brain science is remarkably close to offering a full naturalistic explanation of individual religious experiences, everything from certain belief to moral indignation to mystical rapture to spiritual transformation. … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on Youtube: How Beliefs Change

With all of the ways that beliefs resist change, one might think that awakening to complicated realities is hopeless. But there is another half of the equation. As much as we tend to be wary of threats against our world … Continue reading

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 7 of 8

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Change Happens The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.   –Antisthenes My parents, as I’ve said before, were three for six in terms of producing believing children.  All of us accepted … Continue reading

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Christian Belief through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 6 of 8

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How Beliefs Resist Change The Jesuits have a saying sometimes attributed to Francis Xavier, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.”  The Jesuits were a tad optimistic, but ample research on identity … Continue reading

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 4

The Born-Again Experience “. . . I prayed harder and just then I felt like everything I was saying was being sucked into a vacuum.  When I stood up, I felt like thin air; I had to brace myself.  I … Continue reading

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 3

I Know Because I Know On a warm afternoon in June, two men have appointments with a psychiatrist.  The first has been dragged to the office by his wife, much to his irritation.  He is a biologist who suffers from … Continue reading

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science: Part 2

Why God has a Human Mind  Jesus was a human, fathered by a god and born to a virgin. He died for three days and was resurrected.  His death was a sacrifice, an offering or propitiation.  It brings favor for … Continue reading

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