Minds and Gods
The Cognitive Foundations of Religion
Foreword by E. Thomas Lawson
Reviews and Awards
"With economical breadth and depth, Todd Tremlin has accomplished what no author has done previously. He has penned an introduction to the cognitive science of religion that coherently displays the major achievements of the field while providing enough material from cognate disciplines to render the themes and insights accessible to students from the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Minds and Gods will likely become a touchstone text for the cognitive science of religion."--Justin L. Barrett, author of Why Would Anyone Believe in God?
"Minds and Gods is the best introduction to the cognitive science of religion available, but it is so much more. Tremlin offers new insights and advances novel arguments and positions of his own. He constructively and profitably addresses long-standing issues not just in religious studies but also in cognitive science and in philosophy. Minds and Gods nicely illustrates the point that the wide array of projects currently underway in the cognitive science of religion have not only improved our understanding of religion, but also our understanding of cognition. Finally, Tremlin's prose is eminently readable and consistently engaging. He is a master of the telling example and the illuminating analogy."--Robert N. McCauley, coauthor of Rethinking Religion and of Bringing Ritual to Mind
"Minds and Gods is an erudite and yet highly accessible introduction to the cognitive science of religion. Tremlin takes the reader to a fascinating tour through human evolution and the development of the complex cognitive architecture that has made possible the diverse ideas about gods and other supernatural agents. Tremlin's penetrating analysis turns age-old mysteries into well defined research questions with amazing ease. The reader is convinced that a new era is turning for the scientific study of religion. Mind and Gods is highly rewarding reading for anyone interested in the religious dimension of human existence."--Ilkka Pyysi¨ainen, author of Magic, Miracles, and Religion: A Scientist's Perspective
"While many scholars have begun to explore the relationship between the evolution of human cognition and the development of religious ideas, there has been no single text that attempts to consolidate all the evidence into a single unified presentation. In Gods and Minds: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion, Todd Tremlin begins to fill this critical lacuna."--John Sarnecki, Philosophical Psychology