The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion”

Authors

  • Justin L. Barrett Fuller Theological Seminary

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35722

Keywords:

evolution, selection, Darwinian selection, Non-Darwinian selection, religion, sociology

Abstract

The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion”

Author Biography

Justin L. Barrett, Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary

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Barrett, Justin. L. 2013. “Exploring Religion’s Basement: The Cognitive Science of Religion.” In Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Edition, edited by Raymond F. Paloutzian and Crystal L. Park, 234-255. New York: Guilford.

Barrett, Justin L. 2017. “Could we advance the science of religion (better) without the concept ‘religion’?” Religion, Brain, and Behavior 7(4): 282-284. https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249926

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Taves, Ann. 2009. Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Published

2018-05-15

How to Cite

Barrett, J. L. (2018). The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion”. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 4(1), 31–36. https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35722