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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 27, Issue 2, April 2010

Kelly James Clark, Justin L. Barrett
Pages 174-189
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil201027216

Reformed Epistemology and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Reformed epistemology and cognitive science have remarkably converged on belief in God. Reformed epistemology holds that belief in God is basic—that is, belief in God is a natural, non-inferential belief that is immediately produced by a cognitive faculty. Cognitive science of religion also holds that belief in gods is (often) non-reflectively and instinctively produced—that is, non-inferentially and automatically produced by a cognitive faculty or system. But there are differences. In this paper, we will show some remarkable points of convergence, and a few points of divergence, between Reformed epistemology and the cognitive science of religion.

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