Why is belief in God not a delusion? / Ross, Robert; McKay, Ryan.

In: Religion, Brain & Behavior, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2017, p. 316-319.

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Why is belief in God not a delusion? / Ross, Robert; McKay, Ryan.

In: Religion, Brain & Behavior, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2017, p. 316-319.

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Ross, R & McKay, R 2017, 'Why is belief in God not a delusion?', Religion, Brain & Behavior, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 316-319. https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249917

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Ross, Robert ; McKay, Ryan. / Why is belief in God not a delusion?. In: Religion, Brain & Behavior. 2017 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 316-319.

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