Going above and beyond our notions of the divine from a scientific perspective
Transcendence is a central concept of theology and philosophy, suggesting that God or divine beings are above and beyond us and the natural world. Investigations of transcendence have historically been speculative and theoretical reflections. The field called the cognitive science of religion (CSR) applies cognitive science theories to the study of religious thought and behaviour. It has the potential to enhance our theological understanding, even if it cannot answer the question of the existence of a divine reality. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the Transcendence project is using the CSR lens to investigate the prevalent human belief in transcendence and the importance of transcendence for human beings.