Cognitive Science of Religion and the Cognitive Consequences of Sin

  • Rik PeelsEmail author
  • Hans van Eyghen
  • Gijsbert van den Brink
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 4)


This paper explores the relation between evolutionary explanations of religious belief and a core idea in both classical Christian theology and (among other philosophical streams of thought) Reformed Epistemology, namely that humans have fallen into sin. In particular, it challenges the claim made by De Cruz and De Smedt (2012) that ‘(..) in the light of current evolutionary and cognitive theories, the Reformed epistemological view of NES [the noetic effects of sin] is in need of revision.’ Three possible solutions to this conundrum are examined, two of which are shown to be plausible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rik Peels
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hans van Eyghen
    • 1
  • Gijsbert van den Brink
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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