Title

Kindling God: How People Experience the Divine "Lecture 1: The Faith Frame"

Publication Date

2-17-2016

Abstract

The Faith Frame

The great social science theorists of religion take the fact of belief for granted. Moreover, the cognitive science of religion and evolutionary psychology have demonstrated that evolved, “natural” qualities of our minds readily generate intuitions about supernatural agency. Yet Christians also report that faith is hard: it takes effort. These lectures make the case that this effortful attention involves an attention to the mind and to mental events; that different practices of attending to mental events shape mental experience; that different cultures and different theologies emphasize mind and mental process in distinctive ways; and all this has consequences for the way people experience God. This first lecture lays out the general frame and makes a claim that factual beliefs are different from religious beliefs. Attendees will be able to (1) identify the need to expand the cognitive science of religion to include the effort required to maintain a commitment to the salience of a positive supernatural presence and (2) identify the distinction between religious and factual belief.

Respondent: Justin L. Barrett, PhD, Thrive Professor of Developmental Science

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Collection Date

2015-2019

Collection Number

FTS00189

Document Type

Streaming Audio

File Name

Integration Symposium Session 1_final.mp3

Language

English

Coverage

Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary

Rights

© 2016 Fuller Theological Seminary. This digital access copy is made available for personal, educational, and non-commercial use within the parameters of "fair use" as defined under U.S. Copyright law. It cannot be reproduced, distributed, or displayed for commercial purposes.

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