Mentalizing Domains and Belief in God

Authors

  • Tyler S. Greenway Fuller Theological Seminary

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.31063

Keywords:

mentalizing, theory of mind, religion, cognitive science, gods

Abstract

Mentalizing, otherwise termed theory of mind or mindreading, is a cognitive ability that enables reasoning about the mental states of others and is theorized to be important for belief in supernatural agents. Further research is needed to investigate the nature of mentalizing itself and its relationship to belief in supernatural agents. The present study includes multiple measures of mentalizing enabling better examination of the relationships among these measures and their relationship to belief in supernatural agents. Two research questions are asked. First, is mentalizing a single construct, or do multiple domains of mentalizing exist? Second, are various measures of mentalizing related to belief in supernatural agents? Results reveal that some measures of mentalizing are interrelated, though not all are, and some measures are related to belief in supernatural agents. These findings suggest that arguments for the existence of a single mentalizing construct that is related to belief in supernatural beings may be insufficient.

Author Biography

Tyler S. Greenway, Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary

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Published

2018-05-15

How to Cite

Greenway, T. S. (2018). Mentalizing Domains and Belief in God. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 4(1), 91–110. https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.31063