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Simple Answers in a Complex World: What Causes Religion?

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Intro: Human knowledge is broken up into so many deep specialities that it is no longer possible for anyone to attain an accurate overall picture of reality. Least of all is it possible to grasp what it all means for us personally. The bewildering sciences can make simple faith-based answers very appealing. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote that "man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give meaning to his life and enable him to find a place for himself in the universe". The same psychological factor can be explained from a cynical point of view: "the contemporary persistence of religion indicates an inability or refusal on the part of many people to take on board the implications of science and rationality". This would appear to be a factor both amongst science-denying American Christian fundamentalism, and in Western New Religious Movements epitomized by the New Age which embraces a wide range of zany, and very unlikely, beliefs about reality.
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