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Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't

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"Ask two religious people one question, and you'll get three answers!"
Why do religious people believe what they shouldn't--not what others think they shouldn't believe, but things that don't accord with their own avowed religious beliefs? This engaging book explores this puzzling feature of human behavior.
D. Jason Slone terms this phenomenon "theological incorrectness." He
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 26th 2004)
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Gwern
Feb 11, 2015 Gwern rated it liked it

(56k words; 1.5 hours) A short book on some of the possible psychological predispositions to religious thinking as indicated by intuitive thinking. He diagnoses overactive theories of mind; teleological thinking; intuitive ontologies of what kind of people and things there are in the world; cognitive biases related to the birthday paradox, gambler's fallacy, and confirmation bias, as major causes of religious thinking.

I was mostly disappointed by this naturalistic account; Slone spends a complet
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Benjamin
Aug 01, 2010 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Secularists, Biblical scholars, religious studies students.
Shelves: read-2010-08
A really incisive look at the reason for religious doctrine and religious practice often being two completely different things. Compelling and well-researched, Slone's book is a valuable addition to any library of religious studies.
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