Genealogy Tree and Systematics

  • Ina Wunn
  • Davina Grojnowski
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 6)


The evolution of religions is an explanation for the clearly hierarchical system of religions, in which some are more closely related than others. What we see today is in fact a hierarchic-encaptic system of similarities between religions – religions can be divided into groups on account of their similarities. If we take these groups and organise them chronologically, we recognise a tree of life for the system of religions, which represents their relationship. This relationship has to be mirrored in a systematics of religion desideratum. This tree of life can now be explained by the fact that the vast number of known historical and extant religions ultimately all stem from the one, or from a very few, principle form(s) – which remain to be discovered. With the help of an evolutionary approach, the fossil traces of extinct religions can be reconstructed and the question of an origin of religions can be answered.


Genealogical tree, tree of life Abrahamic religions Chrono-religion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ina Wunn
    • 1
  • Davina Grojnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyLeibniz University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Formerly King’s CollegeLondonUK

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