By Mick Power

Adieu to God examines atheism from a mental viewpoint and divulges how non secular phenomena and ideology are mental instead of supernatural in beginning.

  • Answers the mental query of why, within the face of overwhelming medical facts on the contrary, do religions proceed to prosper?
  • Looks at atheism and faith utilizing a good and balanced method in keeping with the most recent paintings in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine
  • Acknowledges the various mental advantages of faith whereas nonetheless wondering the validity of its supernatural trust platforms and supplying atheist choices to a satisfying life

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While being mindful of Claude Levi-Strauss’s (1962) warning in The Savage Mind that one must be careful when attributing child-like animistic thinking to early prehistoric human groups and to current nomadic tribes, we should note that a subtler version of the possibility arises from the observation that people with autism, schizophrenia, or some types of personality disorder have poor theory of mind and display more egocentrism and greater amounts of animistic and magical thinking. Given, as we have argued in Chapter 1, that the priest-shamans were more likely to suffer from such disorders, there is good reason to suspect, as have others, that the persistence of animistic and magical thinking into adulthood has been a source of much religious inspiration and belief.

In addition to religious beliefs providing meaning and solace to the bereaved individuals, part of the advantage was the social support obtained from religious groups over the time of the bereavement. We will examine in more detail in Chapter 6 the possible health and well-being benefits of religious belief and religious activity. The point to make here is that there are benefits from religion and religious belief at times of loss, and that these benefits can strengthen religious beliefs, whether or not they are true.

Such distortions can be mildly amusing and entertaining when it comes to visual illusions such as the M¨uller-Lyer. However, recent debates and arguments over so-called repressed and false memories, which have, for example, led to bitter court cases in alleged child abuse cases, show that even in the secular world our psychological faculties place restrictions and limitations on us. Some of the consequences of these will be examined in subsequent chapters. The Anthropic Principle In order to illustrate that all is not fixed in science but that everything is open to debate, we will briefly discuss the so-called “Anthropic Principle” (for a much fuller discussion see Richard Dawkins’ (2006) excellent discussion in The God Delusion).

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