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Reply to Commentaries on “Are People Born to be Believers, or are Gods Born to be Believed?”

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The four commentaries on my article “Are People Born to be Believers, or are Gods Born to be Believed?” only indirectly address my main argument that god-belief is not an innate (natural, normal, and so on) capacity of all humanity. Although scientific disciplines dispute criteria for innate biological functions, there remains little scien-tific evidence of an inherent capacity to our species for getting acquainted with any deity. Theologies looking to science may hope that the right sort of god best fits the right sort of brain. Methodologies for scientifically studying religion should not be in-fluenced by such normative presumptions.

Affiliations: 1: Philosophy and Science Education, Graduate School of Education University at Buffalo


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1. Shook John R. 2015"Rationalist atheology" International Journal for Philosophy of ReligionVol 78 3 329 348 [Crossref]

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