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2012 Seminars

Cognitive Science of Religion and Christianity, Part 2
(Participants by Invitation Only)
July 23 - 27, 2012

Directed by:
Dr. Justin L. Barrett, Fuller Theological Seminary

Funding provided by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Seminar Description

The seminar will equip participants to conduct research in the area of cognitive science of religion particularly as applied to Christianity.  As such it represents an attempt to catalyze scholarly engagement between cognitive science of religion and Christian belief, practice, and theology.  Secondarily, it represents a tactical move to develop a multi-disciplinary community of Christian scholars who have the requisite expertise to (1) participate in the cognitive science of religion (CSR) area, (2) critically respond to implications drawn from the area, and (3) teach their constituencies about the area from an informed and balanced perspective instead of a defensive and divisive posture so that productive dialog between Christianity and these new scientific approaches to studying religious phenomena may be encouraged.   

About the Director

Justin L. Barrett is professor of psychology and occupant of Thrive Chair for Applied Developmental Science at Fuller Theological Seminary. Previously, Dr. Barrett was senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology & Mind, and lecturer in the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology.  He was a research fellow of Regent’s Park College, Oxford.  He specializes in the cognitive science of religion, psychology of religion, and cognitive approaches to the study of cultural phenomena.  His research interests and activities range from the origins of religion in human pre-history to the origins of religion in children, and also include general considerations of how humans understand non-human agents, virtue development, and cognition of the visual arts.  He is author of Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (AltaMira, 2004) and the forthcoming Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (The Free Press) and Cognitive Science, Religion, & Theology (Templeton Press).

This seminar is by invitation only.

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