Why the Evolutionary Sociology of Religion Should Build on Rather than Reinvent Biological Models

Authors

  • Lloyd Black University of Connecticut
  • Richard Sosis University of Connecticut

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35723

Keywords:

adaptive systems, evolution of religion, institutionalization, selection mechanisms

Author Biographies

Lloyd Black, University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Richard Sosis, University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

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Published

2018-05-18

How to Cite

Black, L., & Sosis, R. (2018). Why the Evolutionary Sociology of Religion Should Build on Rather than Reinvent Biological Models. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 4(1), 37–41. https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35723