Cognitive science of religion


  • Justin L. Barrett (2007) Cognitive Science of Religion; What is it and Why is it? Religion Compass 1

Philosophical questions

  • How do we define "religion"?
  • What are the arguments for and against a religion X?

Psychological questions

A naturalistic approach

  • Is religion a cultural universal? Why are they so pervasive?
  • What are the causes of religious beliefs?
  • What explains the diversity of religious beliefs?
  • Are there cognitive differences between believers and non-believers?
  • Which are the cognitive / brain processes that underlie religious experiences?