Great Issues Forum: Exploring Religion

December 15, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

From the earliest hunter-gatherer societies, religion has played a crucial role in shaping cultural beliefs. Today, as empirical proofs and scientific reason compete with theological ideas, scholars of science and religion still maintain that religion has not lost its relevance. As part of the Great Issues Forum to Explore Religion series at the Graduate Center, experts discuss the continued importance of religious studies, given the prevalence of religions today. “We need to get clear about how religions are designed and what makes them tick,” said cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.”These are important questions and we should study them so that we can make good decisions.”
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