A Cognitive Theory of Religion [and Comments and Reply]

@article{Guthrie1980ACT,
  title={A Cognitive Theory of Religion [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Stewart Elliott Guthrie and Joseph Agassi and Karin R. Andriolo and David Buchdahl and H. Byron Earhart and Moshe Greenberg and Ian Charles Jarvie and Benson Saler and John Saliba and Kevin J. Sharpe and Georges Tissot},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1980},
  volume={21},
  pages={181 - 203}
}
I use an old observation (that religion is anthropomorphistic) to solve a problem almost as old (why do people have religious beliefs?) by arguing that religion is a special case of the more general phenomenon of anthropomorphism. This view suggests that religious belief, often thought nonempirical and cognitively anomalous, is as much based in experience as is nonreligious belief and that it consists in a plausible application of significant models to ambiguous phenomena. Anthropomorphism… 
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