Intuitive theists? Agency and the concept of God . James A. Van Slyke. Concepts of Agency. Primary component of God Concept: Agency Detection Stewart Guthrie (1993) Evolutionary adaptation to detect agents Predators or prey Default assumption: assume something is an agent
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James A. Van Slyke
Teleology – belief that something is caused by someone with intentions rather than natural or “blind” causes
Children prefer explanations based on teleology vs. natural or scientific explanations
Seems to be a cognitive bias towards these types of explanations