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Theology that Emerges from Cognitive Science: Applied to African Development

Jim Harries
Published Online: 2018-01-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0002


Recent developments in cognitive science are here interpreted as an apologetic for Christian theology. Naturalistic faiths are suggested to be dependent on the invention of ‘religion’, and domestication of the foreign through translation. A refusal to accept that a relationship with God is something that develops in the course of reflection, has added to his apparent invisibility. Advocates of embodied thinking who effectively undermine Descartes’ philosophy, open the door to theological reflection. A gender-based exploration reveals that means of predicting the embodied nature of thinking also point to the significance of God. Because human thinking is embodied, God also is perceived by people through his embodied impact - much as is the wind. That correct understanding of God brings human wellbeing, is here suggested to be as true for Africa as for Europe.

Keywords: theology; cognitive science; positivism; naturalism; embodied thinking; atheism; development; Africa; cognitive linguistics


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Received: 2017-05-05

Accepted: 2017-07-03

Published Online: 2018-01-01

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 15–28, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2018-0002.

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