Conclusion and Results

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


We had searched for a model for the evolution of religions. This model had to fulfil all the requirements of a model of evolution in the strictest scientific-theoretical sense. Religion had developed out of human territorial behaviour and out of human existential fears. This proto-religion subsequently developed into the different pre-historic and historic religions, on account of the appearance of varieties within the individual taxa and the selection which exerted its pressure onto them. Finally, those religions developed which characterise the spectrum of modern religious life.


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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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